Mark Cuban: Delonte West the dog you want hunting

October, 18, 2012
DALLAS -- As Rick Carlisle said, most NBA players need regular gas, but Delonte West requires diesel fuel.

Mark Cuban says essentially the same thing in a different way.

“I wouldn’t call Delonte high maintenance,” Cuban said. “Delonte is Delonte maintenance. That means he’s his own unique brand of maintenance, but we’re used to it.”

It’s not like the Mavs’ brass was blind-sided by West’s outburst that led to his 21-hour suspension this week. They had a good understanding the complex personality they were getting when they signed West before last season. They got to know him well, warts and all, and decided to bring him back to Dallas this summer.

And they’re happy to have him.

“You know exactly what you’re getting from D-West,” Cuban said. “You just don’t know when. And I say that with all love, because if we didn’t think those all created positives, he wouldn’t be here.”

Cuban dismissed a question about whether he was concerned about West possibly negatively influencing the younger players on the roster, pointing out that West isn’t a vocal guy. Cuban added that wild cards like West are only a problem if there are multiple guys like that on the roster or if that player doesn’t have the respect of his teammates.

“Delonte will tell you, when it’s time to hunt, he’s the dog you want out there hunting for you,” Cuban said. “He’s the guy you want in the foxhole with you. He’s a warrior and guys love that.”



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

Galloway & Company: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Mark Cuban talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: The Standoff

Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ramona Shelburne

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Buy or sell

Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.


Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2