Teammate on Delonte West: 'We're losing a competitor'

October, 25, 2012
10/25/12
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DALLAS -- If Delonte West can’t work out his differences with the Mavericks management and coaches again, he will be missed.

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The colorful West, who was suspended indefinitely Thursday for the second time in two weeks, is a popular player in the Mavs’ locker room. He’s also highly respected, especially by those who played with West last season.

“We’re losing a competitor,” said Vince Carter, who planned to call his friend West later. “That’s just plain and simple. He’s a competitor. We all know that. You just hate to see everybody going through their differences, because that’s one guy you can rely on.”

Added Shawn Marion: “He’s a hell of a player. I wish him the best. He’s got some stuff to work out with [management and coach Rick Carlisle].”

Carlisle referred to the statement the Mavs released announcing West’s suspension and declined further comment.

“You’ve got to get over it,” said point guard Darren Collison, a Mavs newcomer. “It’s a tough business. Sometimes a situation doesn’t always fall your way. But as a team, we’ve got to look forward and move on. I think we’re ready to move on.”

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