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On September 24, Beijing time, a fan ran into former NBA player Delonti West on the street, who was begging for food with a sign on the streets of Dallas. It can be seen that West is in a trance, his clothes are dirty, and he looks like a tramp. In fact, he has been wandering around in recent years, suffering from mental illness!
In January of this year, West was beaten up on the streets of Washington, and there was no way to fight back. This matter also caused an uproar in the NBA, and many people expressed their willingness to help him. In another video circulated on the Internet, the skinny West was topless, handcuffed and barked constantly.
The NBA Players Union provided financial assistance to West, and Angie, the general manager of the Green Army, also gave him a scout job. The Lone Ranger boss Cuban helped him contact the treatment facility, but West refused to cooperate! He played in the NBA for nine years, averaging 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He also joined the CBA Fujian and Shanghai teams, but now West has no professional players.
West's total career salary exceeds 16 million US dollars, equivalent to 110 million yuan. An NBA player mixed up like this, what has he experienced? In the 2004 draft, West was selected by the Celtics with the 24th overall pick in the first round and spent the first three seasons of his career in Boston.
In the 2006-07 season, he played the best performance of his career, averaging 12.2 points, 3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. But the Celtics sent him away in order to form the Big Three. In June 2007, in the Ray Allen deal, West was sent to the Sonics. After playing for half a season in Seattle, he was traded to the Cavaliers to join James.
在2006-07赛季，他发挥了职业生涯中最好的表现，场均贡献12.2分，3个篮板和4.4次助攻。但是凯尔特人为了组织三巨头而将他遣散了。 2007年6月，在与雷·艾伦（Ray Allen）的交易中，韦斯特被送往超音速队。在西雅图打了半个赛季后，他被交易到骑士队加盟詹姆斯。
After coming to the Cavaliers, West quickly became the team's main force, that is, since then, he has been known to more and more fans. In the 1.0 era of the Cavaliers, he was the guard with a sword to fight James. As for JR-Smith, that's all a second story.
In the first round of the 2007-08 playoffs in G4, West received an assist from James at the last minute and hit the winning three-pointer, extinguishing the Wizards' hope of a comeback. In the 2008-09 season, his season three-point shooting percentage was as high as 40%, which was among the best in the league. In that era when three-pointers were not so crazy, West's career three-pointers hit 37.2%.
Excellent defense and precise shooting make West a reliable member of the Cavaliers backcourt. But he was in constant trouble outside the court. In 2009, West was arrested for illegally carrying a gun and sentenced to eight months in custody. The NBA announced a 10-game ban on him. After the "Friends Gate" incident broke out, West's knight career was completely over.
出色的防守和精准的射门能力使West成为了骑士后场的可靠成员。但是他在球场外经常遇到麻烦。 2009年，韦斯特因非法携带枪支而被捕，被判处八个月监禁。 NBA宣布禁止他10场比赛。 “朋友之门”事件爆发后，韦斯特的骑士生涯彻底结束。
James switched to the Heat in 2010, and West was also traded to the Timberwolves by the Cavaliers. From then on, his basketball career slipped rapidly. The Timberwolves waived West, the Celtics gave him a contract, and West was able to return to Boston. In the Celtics and Heat series, West averaged 10 points per game.
In the 2011-12 season, the Lone Ranger signed West with a one-year veteran base salary. As a result, before the regular season started, he was banned by the team for creating conflicts in the locker room. On October 30, 2012, West was waived by the Lone Ranger, and his NBA career ended.
In the following years, West played in the summer league and development league. He also came to CBA twice, playing for Fujian and Shanghai respectively. After leaving the Development League in March 2015, West gradually disappeared from public view.
It wasn't until February 2016 that he attracted people's attention in an alternative way. West was found walking barefoot on the streets of Houston in a very poor mental state. When a fan asked him if he was West, he replied: "I used to be, but those lives have nothing to do with me anymore..."
According to West’s mother, her son has suffered from mental health problems. In the summer of 2019, West was found walking alone on the streets of Maryland, homeless. West’s mother rejected the rumors in an interview: “He was just helping a homeless man. West lived with his wife and children.”
We all know that his mother's words are false. West has had a hard time over the years. His former brother Nelson wrote on social media: "All we can do is pray for him and his family, and hope that West will seek formal help. Many people experience mental illness. But I don’t know anything about it, and it’s too late until the end."
Life is like this sometimes, after the prosperity is gone, there is only a trace of loneliness and sadness. After all, it is also the player we have watched in our youth. I hope West can get better!