A year ago, Delonte West sought treatment for a mood disorder. Two weeks ago, he was arrested riding around a three-wheeled motorcycle with guns strapped to three parts of his body. A day ago, he said he was eager to just focus on basketball, yet a few hours ago he was a no-show for practice.
Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer talked to Coach Mike Brown, who can't confirm that anyone from the Cavaliers has even talked to Delonte West today:
Brown said team general manager Danny Ferry was handling the issue. He said he wasn't aware if Ferry or anyone else from the team had been in contact with West.
"We have to try as best we can to maintain that bunker mentality and not let outside influences take us off course," Brown said.
On Monday, West downplayed his gun arrest in Maryland two weeks ago. He said he was back on his medicine and back to a routine that centered around basketball. West has battled a mood disorder his whole life and last year talked about his issues publicly after leaving the team during training camp to seek treatment.
"Right now what I want to focus on is this team and playing basketball," West said Monday.