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Delonte West makes himself eligible for D-League

Jan 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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Delonte West can still play — he’s just 29, and he averaged 9.6 points a game last season for the Dallas Mavericks, starting half the team’s games.

But he was enough of a problem and distraction off the court that even the player-friendly Mavericks let him go and no team has inked him for this season.

So to show everyone what he can do, he’s headed to the D-League, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

Will it work? Can it get him back to the NBA? The D-League has been a launching pad for others and he should put up big numbers there. But he’s going to have to show more than just skill on the court, he’s going to have to show he will not be a huge distraction off it.

Either way we’ll be watching.

  1. abchome - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    He’s a model employee compared with Royce White.

    • dacapt704 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Or Jermaine O’Neal

  2. eventhorizon04 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Good move. People aren’t doubting his talent or ability to play. They’re doubting his ability to behave and “play nice with others.”

    If he does well and is a model player who gets along well with his coaches and teammates, he’ll have some NBA teams take interest. For now, though, he’s considered too volatile.

  3. scalfor3 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Delonte can still help a team out. Say what you will about him, the guy is scrappy on the court.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Sorry folks, not gonna work and here’s why. Delonte is one of those players that has never been able to properly evaluate HIMSELF. He thinks he’s Allen Iverson. He thinks he’s better than he is and that’s the source of him being a distraction. He’s difficult for other pros to get along with because when you’re around a guy who thinks he’s better than he is and acts and talks that way, it gets very annoying dealing with that person. Its that whole “that guy needs to get it in his place” mentality. You’d think that being out of the league would humble him but I just don’t see it happening. I think he’s looking at this thinking he’s going to destroy the D-League and get back in the NBA, rather than having a humbled approach and approaching this like he’s lucky to have the ability to be where he is and he should take what he can get. Leave your arrogance at home and learn some humility. Maybe then he’ll learn that’s how you become a good teammate.

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