Mark Cuban Helps Delonte West Get Clean


Wearing a white sweater, baggy gray sweatpants and slip-on loafers covered in dirt, the former NBA point guard was more than a dozen years removed from LeBron James finding him for a game-winning three-pointer in a playoff game against Washington, the biggest bucket of his basketball life. West, who has struggled for years with bipolar disorder, substance abuse and homelessness, was photographed last week holding a small cardboard sign on a rainy north Texas day.

That photo set off a new round of concern from a basketball community hoping again to help the 37-year-old. Among those was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was filmed Monday picking up West at a gas station in a viral video first reported by TMZ Sports.

“I can just confirm that I found him and helped him,” Cuban told The Washington Post in an email late Monday. “The rest is up to Delonte and his family to tell.”

TMZ reported that Cuban spent days trying to get in touch with West before contacting him and getting him to agree to meet at a gas station in north Dallas. In a Snapchat video posted with the TMZ report, West could be seen waiting inside the gas station’s convenience store. A second video captured Cuban, who was wearing a mask, picking up West in his blue Tesla Model S.

“Good job, man,” the man recording the Snapchat video said to Cuban.

Cuban took West to a hotel and has offered to pay for his treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility, TMZ reported.

Source: The Washington Post