Former NBA player Delonte West had his photo taken a few days ago, and the pic raise concerns on social media on whether the former athlete was panhandling for money.
West, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012 spoke to Media Takeout about the photo, confirming he was the man in the photo, holding a cardboard sign, cup and a wide-brimmed hat, but he wasn’t panhandling.
West said he does own a home, in a neighborhood, where he decided to help the homeless.
“I was helping a homeless man in my neighborhood that’s paralyzed from [the] neck down,” he said. “I parked my car and got out to help because it was 90 degree weather and I was feeling blessed at the moment for just having legs.”
The off-court life of Delonte West seems to be of more interest to people than his on-court accomplishments. Back in 2008 West was battling rumors of him having a bipolar disorder, along with rumors of him sleeping with LeBron James’ mother.
Later, the former NBA star became the subject of conversation on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard with Stugotz show in which the need for “more mental health aid” for the star was discussed.
West played 8 seasons in the NBA, for Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. He averaged career high 12.2 ppg and 4.4 apg for Boston in 2006-07.
In his last season with Mavericks, West averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.2 apg in 24.1 mpg. He played a total of 432 NBA games thus far (258 started), averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.6 apg in 27.4 mpg.
During his time in the NBA, West reportedly made some $16 million. After his NBA career was over, West continued to play in China, hoping to come back to the NBA, however it never happened.
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