Mental health issues and substance abuse issues left former NBA guard Delonte West homeless two years ago. Now, the 38-year-old is working on finding his next professional basketball home.
For the past month, West has been training daily at Pat The Roc Basketball Academy in Gaithersburg, Md., with plans to join Ice Cube’s Big 3 league, according to TMZ Sports. West also reportedly shared tips with the academy kids during their training.
In a clip from one of his workouts, West threw the silky left-handed jump shot that made him a first-round NBA Draft pick in 2004 and kept him in the league for eight seasons.
West’s post-career struggles came to public attention in January 2020, when a video of him being attacked on the road in his hometown of Washington, D.C. and another clip of him sitting on a sidewalk shirtless and handcuffed surfaced. The former Dallas Mavericks guard was also seen begging in Texas that year.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban located West, reconnected him with his family and checked him into a rehab facility in Florida in October 2020. A month later, West was back on the field to recover. shoot it.
A former Saint Joseph star, West played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Mavericks during his eight-year career. He last played in the 2011-12 season with Dallas.