Delonte West via twitter: ‘Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.'
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Well, Delonte West is one player who won’t be playing overseas.
West tweeted that a judge won’t let him leave the United States to play with a foreign team during the lockout because he’s still on probation.
West, a reserve for the Boston Celtics, is finishing the final stages of a weapons case from 2008.
However, basketball should take a backseat to West’s health. The left-handed combo guard has a history of mental illness.
The Celtics knew, and were comfortable with, this when they re-signed him. They also established a support group for West, so he could succeed on and off court.
Bottom line: Coach Doc Rivers and GM Danny Ainge cared. Just like West’s teammates in Cleveland, who often shielded him from the media.
Would a European or Chinese team do the same? And how would West handle being abroad?
Perhaps the judge’s ruling is a blessing in disguise. Perhaps this, in a weird way, is best for West.
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