FORMER NBA star Delonte West once graced the basketball court with LeBron James as the pair were teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
West, 38, was at the Cavaliers for two-and-a-half seasons before being traded in 2010 as rumors swirled online that he had an affair with James’ mom – allegations that he vehemently denies. Footage appears to capture Delonte West panhandling in Alexandria, Virginia
And, years later, footage appeared to capture West panhandling in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooting guard was drafted to the Boston Celtics in 2004 as the 24th pick in that year’s NBA draft. West averaged 12.2 points a game for Boston during the 2006-07 season. He was then traded to the Cavaliers where he played alongside James between 2008 and 2010.
The basketballer was part of a quartet alongside Mo Williams, the seven-foot-three star Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Brazilian star Anderson Varejão that supported James.
In 2009, West’s averages rocketed to around 14 points per game and scored a career-high of 22 points in Game 6 of that year’s playoffs against the Orlando Magic. West was traded in 2010 as rumors swirled online that he had an alleged affair with James’ mom, Gloria. James also left the Ohio side and joined the Miami Heat.
Former basketballer Calvin Murphy claimed his NBA sources told him that rumors were “true”, according to Bleacher Report. West, who also played for the Dallas Mavericks, has strongly denied the rumors that he slept with James’ mom, Yahoo reported. He told the Mavericks blog: “It’s affected me. Everywhere I go, first question, ‘Don’t tell me you did that.
“If we want to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that? “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that rumor from.” West said it was “terrible” that people would try to “tear Gloria down”.
‘DELONTE ISN’T CRAZY’
Years later, West faced health battles and was arrested in Florida in 2021. Dmitri, Delonte’s brother, told DailyMail.com in 2016 that his sibling was suffering from bipolar. He spoke out after Delonte was seen walking around a Houston parking lot barefoot. Dmitri said: “Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs. “As far as I know my brother was suffering from bipolar disorder.
“I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he’s safe and he’s doing OK. “My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford.” Dmitri compared bipolar disorder to a type of cancer. He said: “It can affect anyone, rich or poor, regardless of whether you are an NBA player or a football player.”
Delonte was also spotted in 2016 wearing a hospital gown in the streets of Houston where he was reportedly begging for change. The former Cavalier was apparently seen panhandling in north Dallas in September 2020. Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, picked him up at a gas station just days later after the photos went viral. Cuban reportedly took West to a rehab center in Florida and paid for his treatment.
In January 2021, the Athletic reported that West had picked up a job at the therapy center.
WEST ARRESTED West was arrested in Boynton Beach, Florida in October 2021 after he reportedly banged on the police department’s lobby doors, according to WPTV. An arrest report claimed that West hurled insults and continued to scream at officers when they told him to stop.
According to the police report, he was carrying two open containers of alcohol. Police said West smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication. West was released on bail on the morning of October 20, 2021. And, months later, he was apparently seen panhandling in Alexandria.
Footage that went viral on social media appeared to show West walking on the sidewalk where he encountered a person in a truck. One man is heard saying in the clip: “My dog Delonte, how [are] you doing my brother?”, according to a clip shared on social media. West, who is holding a piece of cardboard, goes over to the vehicle and shakes the man’s hand. It’s not known what West said, if anything, to the man in the truck. And, it’s not known what was written on West’s cardboard sign.