• Brian L. Barefield

A Helping Hand Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helps former NBA player Delonte West.

On Monday billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, went to personally pick up former NBA player Delonte West from a gas station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area according to TMZ. West was seen earlier last week holding a sign on nearby street corners and individuals reported he did not look in the best of health. TMZ also reported that some family members were concerned that West is battling a drug addiction and wanted him to seek help, to which Cuban has said he will pay for.

Cuban has a special connection to West who played for the Mavericks during the 2011-12 season. Before that he was with three other franchises and made his claim to fame with the Boston Celtics as the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He also had formidable years with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

West has been open with the public about his battle with bipolar disorder and has also mentioned he battles with depression and stress related issues that was brought on during his time in the NBA. This isn’t the first time that West has been photographed out in the public needing help. He was seen barefoot and wearing a hospital gown in public in Houston, Texas in February 2016 and later that year he was seen panhandling in Maryland.

This is also the second time in 2020 that West has made headlines. In January of this year he was involved in a fight that involved him and another gentleman in Prince George County Maryland. He was accused of striking the man across the head with a bottle which initially led to him being arrested after the scuffle.

Many former and current NBA players and coaches have reached out to West in order to get him the help he needs, but he has denied most of it. Maybe Cuban will be the one who finally gets through to him.

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