Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 9:45 am  |  27 responses

Delonte West Says Suspension By Mavericks is Unfair

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The second suspension for Delonte West appears to have been the final straw in Dallas. The Mavericks have decided to move on, but West claims that he’s being scapegoated.

According to Delonte West, the Mavericks are blaming him for an argument that took place between two other teammates, and that he was an innocent bystander.


It was the second time the team suspended West in two weeks, although the first suspension lasted only 21 hours, ending after West met with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. The source said both suspensions stemmed from frequent behavioral missteps by West, an eight-year veteran who was a valuable role player for the Mavs last season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists while playing tenacious defense at both guard spots.

When reached on Thursday morning, West said he was being blamed for an argument between teammates after the Mavs’ 88-76 exhibition loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in Wichita, Kan. He said he got a text Thursday morning telling him not to come to the American Airlines Center for practice. “There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me,” said West, who had two points, one assist and three turnovers in 21 minutes against the Thunder. “Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Delonte West vented on Twitter yesterday once his suspension became public, maintaining his innocence. According to multiple published reports, West’s frustrations stem from his contract situation (a one-year veteran minimum deal) and concerns about playing time.

For what it’s worth, Delonte West’s now former teammates in Dallas (and elsewhere) had mostly positive things to say about the veteran guard.

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  • JackPackage

    They decided to target a high character guy like Eddy Curry. You know, that obese waste of space who sexually harassed his driver and jacked off into towels. I like the Mavs but come on, if Delonte West lost his meds and somebody chopped off his legs (rhyme scheme FTW), he’d still be a better human and ball player than Curry.

  • http://twitter.com/Neitel_17 Nathan Agosto

    Well, the Dallas Mavericks are a shady bunch (front office) and they need to get rid of one person, so…let this guy (west) take the blame (over some argument between 2 whiners) since we (mavericks) have to babysit him and make sure he is on meds and all that sort….I hope a team out there is paying attention and pick him up, he’s an ok bench player. But if i was a team out there, i’ll take my chances getting ALLEN IVERSON anyday, over Delonte West. How the _____ grant hill and steve nash still playing and Iverson not??

  • chosen1

    “You know it’s hard out here for a pimp When he tryin’ to get this money for the rent.”

    Now he can focus on his rap game full-rime. Gotta turn these negatives into positives. Play on playa!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Looks like Dirk’s championship chances are over. He’s the only player on that squad I feel sorry for. Mark Cuban did a great job of hooking up the Mavs locker room but he has yet to put a star next to Dirk. Dirk had to play lights out and LeBron had to play horribly for the Mavs to win a championship two seasons ago. It was a mistake letting Tyson Chandler and those other free agents leave. They never got a chance to defend their championship. Delonte will be signed to another team once he’s released and he will help whatever team he ends up on. Doc Rivers apparently had no problem with him. It’s too bad the Celtics are set at both guard positions.

  • PippenAintEasy

    In other news: Mark Cuban’s mother reportedly had “sexual relations” with Delonte West.

  • Dagger

    From what I remember, the players with which Cuban surrounded Dirk were instrumental in winning that championship. For all his brilliance, Dirk wouldn’t have gotten past the first round without Chandler, Terry, Kidd, Marion and the others. Cuban has actually done a pretty damn good job keeping the Mavs stacked with talent, and that’s reflected in their record over the past 10 years. I agree that, in hindsight, it was a mistake to let Chandler leave, but hindsight is 20/20 and when you’re an organization like the Mavs I think you need to swing for the rafters and give yourself a chance to land a Howard or a Williams when the opportunity presents itself.

    As for Deron Williams: I hate to overly criticize a guy with mental issues (same way I feel about Artest), but I’m also not prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to a guy who was arrested while driving around with enough weapons to equip a small army on a motorcycle out of Batman, right before the start of the Cavs’ most important season.

  • Drig

    Actually, Cuban did the right thing not resigning those players after looking at the tax implications the team would face if they were retained as a whole. Feel bad for Nowitzki but Cuban has done the right thing. Clear the roster and try to get a FA.

  • Drig

    You might want to remove Deron Williams and insert Delonte West lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Deron Williams?! Don’t cha mean delonte west

  • Max

    Steve Nash right now is a better player than Iverson..
    The man nearly led Phoenix to the playoffs last year..

  • 23

    Because Nash still has the ability to lead the league in assists, and grant hill doesn’t mind a small role with the clips. Plus hill is a very high character guy. Every team would love to have him simply for his locker room presence. Iverson would probably still want to be a starter. He could’ve really been great had he stayed in Memphis.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Wat R U Doin…

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    In Delonte’s defense, who wouldn’t wanna ride around with Batman’s motorcycle? That’s not crazy that AMBITION.

  • Dagger

    Lol, I changed it, but you have to admit that it would be awesome if Deron were caught on a batmobile with a ton of guns.

  • justin05

    LOL that is just sad for Delonte.. Good joke though ha

  • JesseTB

    Haha is this a joke!? Iverson!?!?

  • pposse

    miami should pick him up!

  • http://twitter.com/MisterBucketz Mitya Ya

    Donnie Nelson is a huge a-hole, I just know it.

  • venom

    agreed. Iverson should be signed by an nba team. the league is full of garbage players. the nba is a huge comedy act now with players like eddy cuury, luke walton, royal ivey, etc…. as sideshows. they know these dudes can`t ball if their lives depended on it. such a shame what the nba has become. no excuse for no production, minimum skilled players like these to keep finding roster spots. tragic.

  • bike

    No offense Delonte, but I don’t believe your story. If you feel you have been wronged, then don’t vent via Twitter. Take it to the man.

  • pops

    Iverson took the 76ers to the finals with an old Mutombo as the 2nd best player on the team.

  • T-Money

    take it to the man and do what? they released him.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    What man? They sent him a text message telling him not to show up to practice. The cowardice starts there on their side.

  • bike

    His coach. His teammates seem to indicate they have no problem with him –it’s between him and the coach.

  • deltontefanforlife

    Delonte is a walking Tommy Point – i wish him the best – come back to BEANTOWN!!!!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The coach was also a coward by not dismissing him face to face. A text message is soft any way you look at it.

  • Max

    Iverson did that in 2001, it’s 2012 now kiddo… smh