4
| Sports |

Mavs Suspend Delonte West Again. This Time It Could Be For Good.

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The Mavericks' announcement today that the Mavericks have indefinitely suspended guard Delonte West isn't exactly a surprise. He never seems to make it long without a suspension of some sorts. Just last week, he was on the outs with the team for a day after a locker room tirade. But that doesn't make it any less sad.

West has been a solid contributor for the Mavs and, more importantly, brought joy to the hearts of fans with his stream-of-consciousness pronouncements and tweets.

The Mavs gave little detail about the reason for the suspension, saying only that it was for "conduct detrimental to the team," but West offered some of his thoughts on Twitter.

We're right there with you. A Delonte-sized hole is already forming in the heart of the Mavericks nation, and there's really nothing that will ever be able to fill it.

Update at 1:36 p.m.: ESPN-Dallas talked to West, who said he received a text after on Thursday morning telling him not to come to practice after an locker-room incident after a loss last night to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn't involve me," West said. "Somehow I'm being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don't know what's going on."

And maybe West's Twitter soliloquy was a bit melodramatic. Coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN-Dallas the incident's "not that big a deal."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.