Former Celtic Delonte West suspended for postgame fight
The Dallas Mavericks announced the suspension of troubled guard Delonte West for conduct detrimental to the team after an apparent locker room fight on Monday.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confirmed the suspension Tuesday, although its duration and terms are still unknown.
West, an eight-year NBA veteran who is entering his second year in Dallas, is no stranger to public controversy. In 2009, he was arrested on weapons charges while driving a three-wheel motorcycle in Maryland. West was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and was suspended for 10 games by the NBA.
The former Celtic (’04-’07, ’10-’11) was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder that he says played a role in that 2009 incident, but the circumstances surrounding Monday night’s outburst remain unknown.
West was a solid role player for the Mavs last year, and his loss would be felt in Dallas. It’s always tough to see a player’s health concerns throttle a promising career, and this case is no different. Here’s hoping that West finds effective treatment for his condition and continues a productive NBA career soon.