Early last month, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked up homeless former NBA player Delonte West and entered him into rehab. The Shark Tank cast member has given an update on the progress of the recovery of West with a recent photograph of the ex-basketball player on Twitter.
“Because we all want something to feel great about today, here is your Delonte West update. It’s still an uphill battle, but he is climbing!” pic.twitter.com/qLDVJDrSOQ
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 3, 2020
The 37-year-old, eight-year NBA veteran, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had been battling substance abuse issues and homelessness. After Cuban got in touch with West’s mother, Delphina Addison, he reunited her with West at a gas station. Now, the former Dallas Mavericks player has entered a rehab facility in Florida with Cuban’s help.
Cuban had posted on his Twitter account last month the first signs of West’s rehab efforts.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support. pic.twitter.com/555twAEVDP
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 9, 2020
Over his NBA career, West averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game while playing for four different teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Boston Celtics. He last played for the Mavericks in the 2011-12 season.
According to Complex, West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008. His brother Dmitri has addressed his struggles with being bipolar. “Delonte West is not crazy; he is not on drugs. I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK,” he said. “My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford.”