What the hell is going on here? Delonte was suspended one game last week for detrimental conduct and now this?! It’s the second time in less than a month! SMH.
Find out what both sides had to say after the jump…
“We have suspended Delonte for conduct detrimental to the team,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.”
When reached by ESPNDallas.com on Thursday morning, West said he was being blamed for an argument between teammates after the Mavs’ 88-76 exhibition loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in Wichita, Kan. He said he got a text Thursday morning telling him not to come to the American Airlines Center for practice.
“There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me,” said West, who had two points, one assist and three turnovers in 21 minutes against the Thunder. “Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.”
The statement gave no reason for the suspension. Coach Rick Carlisle had suspended West for conduct detrimental to the team Oct. 15 after a locker-room outburst. The Mavericks reinstated West less than 24 hours later after he met with Carlisle and Nelson.
The team would not elaborate on the outburst at that time.
“There was an outstanding issue, and we needed to talk about it,” Carlisle said after the initial suspension. “He needed to refocus, and he’s in the process of doing that. It’s going to be work. It’s going to be daily work for him to do that, and I’ve got to help him and our organization is going to help him, too. It’s not that big a deal.”
*Check out Delonte’s tweets about it in the gallery above*