Does Delonte West Deserve Another Chance To Play In The NBA?
For years now, Delonte West has been one of the most polarizing players in the NBA. While some people love West for his crazy antics both on and off the basketball court, others don’t like the fact that D-West seems to try and live life by his own set of rules. He’s clearly talented when it comes to basketball, but West has had issues with his teammates and his coaches in the past. And that’s why he didn’t get picked up by another NBA team last season after the Dallas Mavericks parted ways with him. He’s seen as too much of a headache off the court, so NBA teams aren’t willing to bring him in and give him a closer look right now.
But West is still trying his best to get back into the league. In a new interview with SLAM, West just admitted that he struggled to watch the NBA last season because he missed it so much. And he pleaded with NBA teams—any NBA teams at all!—to call his agent and give him a chance to prove himself during the 2013-14 NBA season.
“I had tears in my eyes watching games this past year,” he said, “not because I’m bipolar but because I’m sitting at home and miss the game. When my agent calls [about an NBA job opportunity], I’m going to be on the next flight. Not to be cocky, but some teams that are trying to win are one guard away, one guy that can make a couple great plays away from going to the Finals…I’m right here. Y’all know it and I know it.”
Should anyone give West’s agent a call, though? After all, he is going to be a headache, to some degree, for any team that brings him in. But that doesn’t mean no one should call him. He just needs the right organization to give him a shot. For instance, we doubt they would do it after the Stephen Jackson debacle last season, but the San Antonio Spurs could limit West’s outbursts by putting them into their system. Likewise, the Miami Heat could probably get him to act right for the good of the team. Even someone like the hard-nosed Indiana Pacers could calm him down enough to make him a productive member of their squad. But he needs to find the right fit if he’s going to be a contributor.
We sincerely hope West wants one last chance in the NBA during the 2013-14 NBA season. The truth is that he can still play and, if not for his off-the-court issues, he would have a job right now. So we hope that some needy organization out there will bring him in for a tryout. What’s the worst that could happen? Actually, don’t answer that. Just give him a chance to prove himself and, if it doesn’t work, send him on his way. Who knows? He could be the missing piece to some team’s championship puzzle. That team just needs to bring him in and give him a look.