Delonte West: What Were You Thinking?

Matt AlgarinContributor ISeptember 23, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30:  Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

First things first: Delonte, what the hell were you thinking?

Where were you going with that much heat? Especially speeding down the road on a motorcycle.

According to Prince George's County Police, you had enough weapons on you to take on the local National Guard. Two concealed handguns? A shotgun disguised in a guitar case?

Sounds kinda weird to me...

If you know you are carrying a small arsenal, you probably shouldn't cut off a police officer. I know it sounds strange, but it may have kept you on the bench this season.

At least you were smart enough to inform the officer that you were carrying a weapon. You just forgot to mention the other two.

Did you not take a lesson from Plax? Carrying guns just doesn't work out very well these days.

West was charged with two counts of gun possession and numerous traffic citations. Maryland law allows for fines of up to $2,500 and/or up to three years in prison.

We are all aware of West's admitted battles with Bipolar Disorder, and if you have ever known someone who suffers from this condition, they are prone to random and severe bouts of depression and anger.

This definitely does not seem like a winning combination, especially for someone carrying that amount of fire power.

The NBA has had its fair share of suspensions stemming from gun possession incidents.

Sebastian Telfair was handed a three-game suspension by Commissioner David Stern for his guilty plea on gun charges.

Stephen Jackson was suspended for seven games after he thought it was a good idea to fire a handgun in a parking lot.

We all know that West is going to be suspended. The question is: For how long?

With West's unstable mental state, it is not sure what may become of him. He may suffer from a huge mental setback, in addition to being lost for part of the season.

How is this going to affect the Cavs going into the season?

With the potential loss of West, the Cavs are going to have to rely on six-year man Anthony Parker as well as Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson to pick up the slack.

West's teammates are more than willing to stand behind him, as they showed when West was absent for 10 games last season dealing with his emotional well-being.

I wish Delonte the best, and will keep an eye out for the way this case plays out. With the recent sentencing of Plaxico Buress, I will be curious to see what happens if that is used as precedent.