Mark Cuban Updates Delonte West's Progress After Former NBA Player Entered Rehab

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2020

Mark Cuban, governor of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared photos of former NBA guard Delonte West on Tuesday as West continues his stay in rehab.

Mark Cuban @mcuban

Because we all want something to feel great about today, here is your Delonte West update. It's still an uphill battle, but he is climbing ! https://t.co/qLDVJDrSOQ

In October, Cuban wrote West had a "long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps" along with posting a picture of him horseback riding.

Mark Cuban @mcuban

Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support. https://t.co/555twAEVDP

The Root's Jay Connor reported in January how West was shown in a video getting assaulted in the middle of the street.

A photo of West appearing to panhandle in Dallas then surfaced in September. TMZ Sports reported his former head coach Doc Rivers, college teammate Jameer Nelson and the players union "have actively been trying" to aid the 37-year-old.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Cuban personally reached out to West's family to see what he could do:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Mark Cuban reached out to Delonte West's mother, Delphina Addison, asking how he can help. Answer was simple: Find Delonte. Cuban did on Monday, waited with West until his mother arrived to hotel, and West finally took step many close to him have awaited: Entered rehab. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/IiVKGH3a62

Cuban confirmed to ESPN's Tim MacMahon in late September that he picked West up at a gas station in Dallas with the goal of getting him into rehab.

West spent eight seasons in the NBA. His most recent stint came with the Mavericks in 2011-12. Doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder after a preseason game while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.


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