Delonte West’s Suspension Will Hurt Dallas Mavericks Chemistry in 2012-13

October 16th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
The Dallas Mavericks were already facing an uphill chemistry battle with the additions of several key pieces this summer.

That hill just got a little steeper.

Backup guard Delonte West hasn't had an entirely spotless record over the course of his eight-year career, but his first season with the Mavs in 2011-12 was actually pretty spotless. Hopefully, the team enjoyed it while it lasted.

ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon reports that the Mavericks have suspended the 29-year-old indefinitely, apparently pursuant to the kind of locker room episode the team is looking to do without:

Sources told that West's suspension stems at least in part from an outburst in the locker room after the Mavs' 123-104 preseason win Monday over the Houston Rockets. He had 2 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound in 16 minutes during the win.

Details are obviously scarce at the moment, but it's hard to imagine that West's frustration stemmed from anything legitimate. It's not like the Mavs lost. This was presumably no time for some kind of righteous indignation aimed at rallying the troops.

So while it's a matter of speculation, you'd t ...

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