He picked up West at the gas station and will look to help him get his life back on track, after offering to pay for Delonte’s rehabilitation. According to TMZ, Cuban has been trying to get in touch with West for days, and after finally getting in contact with the former Cavalier, the two agreed to meet in Dallas.
West was reportedly taken to a local hotel, as he waits for his family to decide what their next step will be. The 37-year-old is in a years-long battle with homelessness and addiction, but for the first time, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Delonte is finally open to the idea of rehab, and he has a compassionate billionaire on his side.
West played for Cuban’s Dallas during the 11/12 NBA season, in what ended up being his farewell campaign in the league. His run in the NBA, other than being a solid contributor, will mostly be remembered for his non-basketball related stuff, that West himself attributed to mental health issues and dealing with bipolar disorder. Over the years, a series of basketball personas tried to raise awareness on West’s condition, trying to help him in whatever he was going to.
His former coach Doc Rivers, along with the NBA Players Association, have both reportedly been trying to help. Even West’s former coach at Saint Joseph’s, Phil Martelli, offered words of support, by ‘reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs.’ And while their efforts didn’t go unnoticed, new photos of West were emerging every so often online.
That’s until Marc Cuban took the matter into his own hands and is working with West’s family to try to help the homeless former NBA player get his life back on track. Let’s hope their collective efforts will bear fruit. Let’s hope for no more videos of Delonte West on Dallas’ streets.