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Delonte West was homeless, slept in Mavs locker room at start of season

Feb 28, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

Delonte West, Ricky Rubio

Remember back during the lockout Delonte West took a job at a furniture store, saying he needed the money.

He wasn’t kidding.

West has made more than $14 million in his career, but during the lockout he sold off his cars, jewelry, and was living in the Mavericks locker room for a while, he told the Dallas Morning News (via IamaGM).

“Just about everything I own, except for my house and the clothes on my back,” West said.

During training camp, the Mavericks were allowed to get West a hotel room, but once the season started, they had to stop because that’s considered an added benefit. West said he tried to rent but a lot of places wouldn’t take him because he has a criminal record (he was arrested near his Maryland home in 2009 for having a variety of weapons in his vehicle and some driving violations). West had a place to stay when the Mavs traveled, but when in Dallas he slept in the locker room or in his car, he told the paper.

Mark Cuban got wind of it and had people renting a place to West within a day.

How did West go through all that money? He underwent a divorce, and had to spend plenty on legal fees, and a lot of money got sucked out of his savings, he told the paper.

A lot of his problems — including the divorce and legal troubles — are tied to the bipolar disorder he battles.

  1. dsimp724 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Too bad he wasnt a little closer to akron

    • ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Hilarious. I bet she’s keeping the bed warm. What the article doesn’t say is that he went broke paying for security so Lebron wouldn’t rip his limbs off.

  2. nightrain42 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    This is none of our business.

  3. makjak2 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Somebody really needs to proofread these posts. Also, I didn’t know West had bipolar disorder. That’s a tough thing to deal with, I definitely have some more respect for him now.

  4. dirtydavis - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    The hell with this clown!!! This guy is making more money that all of us and he is homeless? SMH!!! How about managing your money? I have no pity nor sympathy for this clown. #weakarticle

    • md23rewlz - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Do you know what bipolar disorder is and how debilitating it can be? It’s a clinical disease that often ends in suicide if one is not very very careful about monitoring themselves. And in the manic stages of manic-depression, people are extremely reckless with all things, including money. But yes. I have no sympathy for people with mental illness either. They are “clowns,” and because some of them happen to make money playing basketball, we should have no sympathy for their debilitating illnesses. Because they make money, and if you make money, you are therefore not allowed to have debilitating illnesses? Money doesn’t cure jack. I hate reading comments like this one. Something like bipolar disorder is a serious, legitimate issue–a disease that can be absolutely crushing for anybody who is unfortunate enough to suffer through it. I’m sorry for my societal rambling here, but ignorance is not, and will never be, cool.

      • Kansachusetts - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Thank you, md23rewlz

      • chiadam - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Did this idiot attach a # to a blog post. Apparently he does not limit his cowardly tech-flexing to the internet. Mr. Twitter runs his silly mouth on Twitter, too. And Twitter is for bitche$ and losers.

      • thraiderskin - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        And suicide is a legitimate option for him… I do agree that the Twitter BS needs to stop.

    • rickastleydancemoves - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Bipolar “disease” is an excuse for being crazy. Alcholism “disease” is an excuse for being a drunk. Dyslexia “disease” is an excuse for being stupid.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Better have my donuts….

  6. garryfish - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Lin’s brother has a couch for rent!

  7. toegoat - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    And this is the guy the Cavs brought in to help Lebron win it all??? SMH…….

    • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Yeah, he was part of the Ben Wallace deal. Had you actually watched any of those playoff series, you’d know that Delonte was one of the better players on the court and had more courage in his pinkie than LeBron had in his entire body. The guy is tough as nails. It’s a shame that he has personal issues and it’s more of a shame that people ignorantly link his mental issues with his on-court performance. They don’t have anything to do with each other.

  8. rob0527 - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Why didn’t LBJs mother help him out, since they had a little something going on. What is he going to do, when Dallas cuts him at end of year.
    I feel for him because of his illness but don’t use that as excuse as to why u spent 15 million dollars.

  9. keyshawn22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Enough with the stupid “SMH” in these comments. If you need to comment that your shaking your head, go tell people who care because we dont

    • chiadam - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Thank you. I don’t speak Twitter or text because I’m not a little girl.

  10. smoothaswilkes - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I’m supposed to have some sort of empathy for a “homeless” guy that is making 850k prorated this year? What he couldn’t find a Holiday Inn to stay at during this lockout shortened season? I’m supposed to really care that once his “homelessness” became an issue for the Dallas FO that Cuban had somebody rent a place for him?

    Non-story, move along.

    • dirtydavis - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM


  11. toegoat - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Yeah he was tough but doesn’t change the fact that he is ass. I can’t believe u are dumb enough to think that Lebron was going to win with him lol. I guess washed up jamison, washed up big Z, that bum mo williams, and that weirdo side show bob were good for the team too. And I suppose u think keeping bum ass hickson instead of trading for stoudemire was a good move too? Lol keep making excuses, CLEVELAND SUCKS

  12. toegoat - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Me using the acronym SMH is bad? But u commenting on me using it is not? ok buddy…. SMH SMH SMH SMH SMH SMH SMH SMH SMH

    • dirtydavis - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM


  13. toegoat - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    too bad he didn’t have a Lil more skill in that Lil pinky of his then they might have actually won something.

  14. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Interesting story. However he claims to be an avid hunter but the 357 and 9 mm would have limited value in hunting game.

  15. drmonkeyarmy - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    While he is apparently under going financial problems, the article didn’t say he was homeless because of these problems. Apparently, he did not have to sell his house according to the article above. He was homeless due to people not being willing to rent to him….a problem that could have been rectified quicker had he disclosed the issue to Cuban sooner.

  16. schlitzuous - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM


  17. lemfax - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    His personal life is far away from basketball. I really admire his game attitude than any other player in the league…

  18. mqcarpenter - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Wow! This is incredible and wholly inappropriate. These articles continue to cross the line. NBC can not stick to sports. You continue to cover personal issues with sports figures that are over the top. Time to delete this app.

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