Danny Ainge reveals Delonte West did scouting work for Celtics in recent years
As part of an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed that Delonte West did some scouting work for Boston after his days of playing in the NBA.
Ainge reportedly gave the scouting job to West as a way to help him, as he was struggling with his post-NBA life:
“Delonte has worked for us for a couple of years at times doing some college scouting in the (Washington) D.C. and Philly area,” Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich,” via NBC Sports.
Ainge notes that West enjoyed his role as a scout, though his attendance was “fluctuating” due to his issues:
“He’s taken advantage of them,” Ainge said. “I just think there’s a lot going on in his life. It’s very complicated, and I don’t really want to get into any of that. He accepted the job opportunities.”
Several stories featuring a struggling West have made rounds on social media since his days in the NBA came to an end. A disturbing video clip popped up earlier this week that featured the former Celtics guard in a physical altercation on the side of an open freeway.
West, who says he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, sat shirtless and handcuffed on the side of a DC-Area curb, murmuring obscenities after he had been assaulted. The officer who filmed the altercation is now reportedly under investigation:
— IG: @GrindFace_TV (@GrindFaceTV) January 21, 2020
Ainge says he has been in contact with West “periodically” since he stopped playing:
“Delonte has obviously some troubles and some trials that he’s trying to deal with in his life, and I just hope that he can fix his life and get back on a good path,” Ainge said.
Since the video of West’s recent altercation surfaced, several players — both past and present — have said that they will reach out in an attempt to lend a hand.
Hopefully, West will seek and accept the help he needs soon.