Former NBA player Delonte West is recovering from addiction and the road to recovery has not been easy, but a video surfaced this week that showed him looking healthy as he shot hoops in South Florida.
West played for the Celtics, the Cavaliers, the Supersonics and the Mavericks during his eight-year NBA career and has been open about his battle with mental health throughout the course of his life. When his playing career came to an end in 2015 after a stint overseas, West developed a severe substance abuse problem that left him in a very difficult spot. An image surfaced in September of the former first round pick begging for money on a street corner in Dallas and the NBA community immediately rallied around West, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who stood by West in a hotel room before he covered the cost of checking him into a rehabilitation center.
We received an update from Cuban in early October with a picture of West riding a horse at his rehab facility.
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
On Tuesday, Cuban shared a second positive update of West playing frisbee and kayaking with a smile on his face. All signs would say that West is recovering well and on his way to beating some of his demons. The newest instagram video of the Saint Joseph’s University alumnus getting back in the gym also speaks to that notion. He was also seen on Wednesday getting a workout in at a local gym.
My grandpa said Delonte West is on the up and up! This was taken yesterday! He looks good!!! Sending you love man! pic.twitter.com/4aDcTsTMdY
— Pablo, The Don (@pablopodcasto) November 4, 2020
There is still a long road ahead for West, but the positive updates keep coming and the smiles are a great sign.