Delonte West was recently seen on the streets begging people for money, and it was a sad sight to see because he was asked a few questions about his former NBA career, after which he said he doesn't even remember being a basketball player.
West forgot he was once an NBA player
After it came to the spotlight the type of hardship former NBA player Delonte West was going through, everyone was incentivized to try and organize some help for him. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was the first to try and help the former player. Even though it seemed he was on the right track after seeing him off the streets working out and trying to get a job, it now seems West is back to his former unhealthy habits and lifestyle.
When asked about his life in the NBA and being a solid basketball player, West, who evidently lost his way, sadly said he sometimes forgets he once led a lifestyle many people dream of having. Instead, it seems he came to peace with his new life on the streets, begging for money and living one day at a time, uncertain of what the future holds for him.
"Sometimes I even forget I played basketball. God knows what he is doing. If any other thing would had happened differently, you and me wouldn't be sitting here talking".
West was once a solid NBA player
West spent 8 years in the NBA, where he made the biggest impact while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside LeBron James. His last season was with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011/2012, after which he was cut from the team and was never able to bounce back despite being only 28 years old.
After that, his life became a sad story of drug abuse, homelessness, and alcoholism, and even though there was a push from the NBA community to help the former player, it seems West chose this lifestyle and didn't have the willpower to change things around for the better. He was arrested last year in front of a Florida police station but was soon free and back on the streets. Whether he will make a positive change in his life remains to be seen, but for the most part, people facing similar problems rarely get out of it even though they are given help, just like West was given help by Mark Cuban last year.