Delonte West seen breakdancing for spare change at gas station

Peter Dewey
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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A social media user shared a video of former NBA guard Delonte West dancing and asking for spare change at a gas station.

In addition to the video of West, the user shared some concerning commentary on the former first-round pick, who has struggled with addiction.

This comes on the heels of a report that West suffered a medical emergency after he was arrested last week.

Police officers were attempting to serve West with a warrant for his arrest, but the 40-year-old fled. After a short pursuit, West was found unresponsive.

“Narcan was administered by officers, but [it] did not have the desired effect,” police told TMZ. “He was transported to a local hospital and Narcan was administered again, which yielded the desired effect.”

West, who played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Seattle SuperSonics in his NBA career, attempted to make a return to basketball in 2022 by trying out for the BIG3 league. It did not end up working out, as West was not selected when he was eligible to be drafted into the league.

Unfortunately, West ended up getting arrested in 2022, but it appeared at the time he was going to get some help to fight his addiction.

In October of 2022, West checked into a rehab facility, after Mark Cuban reportedly picked West up and placed him in a hotel room for him to reunite with family members.

At the time, the Mavericks owner said that he was willing to cover any cost for West’s rehab and recovery.

West last played in the NBA for the Mavericks during the 2011-12 season, appearing in 44 games and making 33 starts. During his time with Boston and Cleveland, he averaged double figures in multiple seasons. He started all 64 games he appeared in for the Cavs in the 2008-09 campaign.

For his career, West averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Addiction is extremely hard to overcome, and it’s hard to see that West has fallen on such tough times and been unable to get past it. Hopefully, he will eventually get the help he needs to get his life back on track.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.