Mavericks suspend troubled guard Delonte West for second time
Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – For the second time in two weeks, the Dallas Mavericks have indefinitely suspended troubled guard Delonte West.
“We have suspended Delonte for conduct detrimental to the team,” Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.”
The team did not mention the reason or the length of West’s suspension.
West was suspended for one game last Tuesday due to his outburst in the locker room after the Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets, 123-104.
“If I’m not what u lookin 4 ….That’s fine…just dont kick me in my ass on the way out the door….I didn’t do anything to deserve that,” West later said on his Twitter account.
West has played in all seven games for the Mavericks this preseason, averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.
An eight-year veteran entering his second season with the Mavericks, West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“I love the city of Dallas..I love playin in the NBA…no I’m not off my meds…no I ain’t on no bipolar trip…this real people lives,” West said in another tweet.
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, 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.