Delonte West puts family first

Often misunderstood, Mavs guard is intensely loyal and a fierce competitor

Updated: April 26, 2012, 12:25 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West is seated in front of his locker in full uniform, his jersey untucked, his size-13 feet bare. With infinite care and meticulous precision, he begins to wrap his left ankle with black medical tape, starting at the forefoot and working his way up. Finished, he lifts his right foot onto the edge of his chair and repeats the pregame ritual he's maintained for years.

"It's just like a warrior getting ready for battle," West said. "You take time to reflect ...

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