Mavs suspend volatile guard Delonte West one game after outburst
Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has suspended volatile guard Delonte West for conduct detrimental to the team.
According to sources, West’s suspension stemmed from his outburst in the locker room after the Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets, 123-104, in a preseason game Monday.
Carlisle did not mention the reason or length of West’s suspension. It was also unclear what set off West’s outburst.
West, who scored two points, two assists and a rebound in 16 minutes in that game, later tweeted “Sorry moma…” and “I showed off on ur birthday again…”
An eight-year veteran entering his second season with the Mavericks, West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
West’s disorder was mentioned as factor during his September 2009 arrest for carrying weapons in his three-wheel motorcycle in Maryland. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and suspended for 10 games by the NBA.
Last season, West played a valuable role for the Mavs last season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists. He also played tremendous defense while playing both guard positions.
For his career, West is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and over one steal per game. He is expected to rotate with Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo for playing time.