Locker room "outburst" after the game was cause of West's suspension

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In a developing story, the Mavericks have suspended guard Delonte West after "conduct detrimental to the team".

ESPN Dallas has some more information on the Delonte West situation.

Sources told ESPNDallas.com 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.

This would make more sense if West was coming off a poor performance, but he had a decent, if quiet, line after the preseason game against Houston. His seventeen minutes were the second most off the bench, behind Vince Carter's twenty. He had two points (on 1/3 shooting), a rebound, two assists, a block and a turnover.

Of course, for a man who is diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, sometimes thing like this happen. A mental illness, just like a dislocated shoulder or sprained knee, is an injury. Unfortunately for Delonte, it's not something that a few rehab sessions and time will cure.

The Mavericks were aware of the player they were getting when they resigned him this offseason. West is a good basketball player, and hopefully they can provide the help Delonte needs to get back on track.

West's twitter, frequently updated over the past few weeks, has remained silent after the game. Whether he was told by coaches to stay off social media or decided to himself, it's probably a wise decision to sleep on the matter at hand.

There is no word on the length or timetable of the suspension.

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