Here's what we know: Delonte West was suspended briefly after a locker room outburst earlier this month. Thursday, the Mavericks announced that the team has now suspended West indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team". When asked to explain the situation, a team source told one former Mavs writer it was a case of "Delonte being Delonte."
And ... That's all we know.
It's a murky situation, but given Delonte's history, it's not terribly surprising, and all the more disappointing. Meanwhile, West painted his own picture on Twitter:
I'm gonna just pray for um!!!...perception is not reality!!!..real is real...in any language,culture...and what's wrong is what's wrong!!— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
All my family friends fans...who been right der wit methisuphillbattle over the last 4years to get to this point....already know— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
That my name showin up in any fashion in a negative light is the worst thing that can happen.everything Ived worked towards out d window— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
Just ask u to talk with me....I'm a grown man...that's not above logic and reason...Before u go to the papers wit false information.— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
If I'm not what u lookin 4 ....That's fine...just dont kick me in my ass on the way out the door....I didn't do anything to deserve that...— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
I love the city of Dallas..I love playin in the NBA...no I'm not off my meds...no I ain't on no bipolar trip...this real people lives..— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
And it just ain't right..imma leave it at that..no ill will towards no one...I'm just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
We have no idea what sparked all this, and if anything, West's heartfelt tweets--and the anonymous source's "Delonte being Delonte" explanation--just make the situation more confusing.
While we wait to learn more, take a minute to read more on Delonte's past incidents in this outstanding profile from Slam Magazine last year, because it helps explain why so many in the NBA community are rooting for him. He's had a twisted path throughout his time in the NBA, but there's nobody in the league who's more honest, humble, and generally hilarious. People like Delonte West make the NBA a better place.
With that in mind, we wait and hope for the best.