When Delonte West left the St. Joseph’s University basketball team to enter the NBA draft in 2004, it would have been hard to imagine that the promising player would one day be working at gas stations.
But that’s just the way it is what happened him.
Several videos of the former star and the lifestyle she now leads in Virginia have gone viral on social media this summer.
in june he was filmed begging for money, walking around the store parking lot and answering questions from fans who recognized him on the street with surprisingly positive attitudes.
Another fan found West at a gas station in Virginia this week. He took the time to give the young man some inspiring advice.
“Keep working hard, you know what I mean?” he said. “If they can do it, you can do it.”
The boy’s mother was interested in West’s fall from grace. He wanted to know what happened approximately He earned $20 million During his eight years in the NBA.
“I took care of my whole family,” he said, noting that he bought houses for many of his relatives and paid for some of them to go to college. “I stand on my own (feet)… I don’t expect anything in return.”
West was also very open when another fan interviewed him a few days ago.
“Sometimes I forget I’m even playing basketball,” he said.
TMZ tracked it down interview where West directly addressed panhandling.
“It is what it is,” West said. “I have children. I’m at work. People can help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man I have to do what I have to do for my children.”
West was a freshman St. Joe in 2001. He came from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., where he was named Everyone has met the basketball player of the year By the Washington Post.
in St. Joe, West and Jammer Nelson – The Chester native, who was the NCAA Player of the Year in 2004, led what was widely considered one of the players. the best backs in American college basketball at the time.
The West had a stellar junior year In 2004, when the Hawks posted a 30-2 record and advanced to the Elite Eight in the March Madness tournament. That year, he averaged 18.9 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Instead of returning to St. Joe’s for his senior year, West opted to enter the draft and was signed in the first round by the Boston Celtics as the 24th overall pick.
During his eight-year NBA career, he also went on to play for the Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Dallas Mavericks. He with a watch Averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.
But West’s success on the court early in his career was overshadowed by his lingering mental health issues.
He had struggled since he was a teenager, but in October 2008, West was forced to leave Cavaliers training camp due to a mental health crisis and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
2009 In September, he was arrested after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and found to be carrying three guns he was not allowed to carry. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 40 hours of community service.
It was at this time that the West allegedly had work With the mother of his Cavaliers teammate LeBron James. Although he has denied it, West has also fueled the rumors on social media over the years.
West grew up poor, so now that he was making millions in the NBA, he didn’t hesitate to spend money on his relatives.
But it seems he did it at his own expense. West reportedly went broke during the NBA lockout in 2011. He applied for a job at Home Depot and ended up working a Furniture SHOP because he could not play overseas during the trial period.
At that point, the best days of West’s basketball career were behind him.
His NBA career ended in October 2012 when the Mavericks suspended him indefinitely after he reportedly got into an argument with teammates following preseason losses. West went on to play in the NBA D-League and professionally in China and Venezuela, but was injured. retired good 2015
It was at this point that reports of West’s street life and employment began to surface online.
In 2020, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took his former player under his wing, picking him up at a gas station in Texas and paying for him to attend rehab in Florida.
Although West stayed clean for a while and got a job at the facility, he was arrested last year on public drunkenness and related charges.
Things were looking up this spring when West signed on to rapper Ice Cube’s project BIG 3:a three-on-three league populated mostly by aging NBA veterans.
But West was not selected and just a few weeks later he was back in Virginia.