Former NBA player Delonte West seems to be making a decent amount of progress in his recovery after recently checking into a rehab facility. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took to Twitter with a photo of the former Mavs guard riding a horse.
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Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support. pic.twitter.com/555twAEVDP
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 9, 2020
The caption comes off as if Cuban is reintroducing West to society, which is a good sign for family and fans of West. The former Mavs guard is the epitome of losing everything in an instant. He battled several serious bouts of depression during his time in the league, and he often became the butt of jokes due to nasty rumors about a relationship with LeBron James’ mother.
After his final stop with the Mavs, West played in the D-League and Chinese Basketball Association before officially calling it quits in 2015. It soon became apparent that West’s depression and drug abuse had taken a turn for the worst, with people around the league trying to help him out.
After being spotted panhandling recently, Cuban was able to track down West and assisted him in checking into a rehab facility to get clean. The 37-year-old’s playing days are clearly behind him, but his health is something paramount to personnel around the league. Cuban also has made sure to stay in touch with West’s family during his road to recovery.
West played eight seasons in the NBA after being drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He averaged 9.7 points along with 3.6 assists throughout his career, posting career-high scoring numbers with the Celtics during the 2006-07 season in which he averaged 12.2 points.