Delonte West: Twitter Rant Proves Dallas Mavericks Guard Really Needs Help

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJanuary 8, 2012

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 04:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns takes a shot against Delonte West #13 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 4, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West went on a Twitter rant on Saturday night, where he talked about his NBA career and personal problems that have gotten in the way of his basketball talent.

West has taken down the tweets from his Twitter profile, but Larry Brown Sports has the tweets via Mavs Moneyball.

Here are the tweets from West, with explicit language censored:

Some of the interesting tidbits from these tweets include his trouble in finding an apartment, his salary going from $5 million to the league minimum and his interesting comments about Brian Windhorst, who covers the Miami Heat for ESPN and used to cover West and the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

After this rant, it's clear West has some real problems that need to be addressed, and that maybe a break from basketball is needed.

While West's openness is nothing to be ashamed of, there is no need to be talking about his problems on Twitter because there is absolutely no good that can come from it.

West's troubled career has been filled with legal issues that have even prevented him from joining the Mavericks at the White House for their visit with President Obama following the team's NBA title last season.

West recently talked about the team's visit to the nation's capital, via the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:

“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after tonight’s 96-81 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But I’m going home to D.C., I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.

“That’s what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can’t go to the White House.’’

“I live in D.C. It’s going to be ashamed the President isn’t going to get a chance to meet me. I’m the president of my house.’’

In 2009, West was arrested when police found guns in a guitar case he was carrying after they pulled him over for a traffic violation. West also missed time as a member of the Cavaliers while he battled depression and bipolar disorder.

He is a tremendous player and is very good defensively. Watching him play for the Boston Celtics showed me how helpful he can be to a championship contender when he's focused on the court.

However, his problems off the court should not take a backseat to basketball. His life needs to come before basketball.

 

Nicholas Goss is an NBA Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report.