How Mark Cuban is Helping Change the Life of a Former Player
For Delonte West, former NBA player, Mark Cuban is more than just an NBA owner. He is a helping hand to him in a time of need.
Delonte West is one of the most mysterious stories in the National Basketball Association. After being selected 24th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA draft, Delonte went on to play for 8 seasons and averaged nearly 10 points per game over his career. He was widely known as one of the more reliable Point Guards during his tenure in the NBA but little is known about his off-the-court struggles.
West comes from a “happy-poor” childhood that had a lot of ups and downs throughout. Upon garnering a sustainable income from his basketball career, West purchased homes for both of his parents and provided financial support for other family relatives. Even with this being the case, he faced financial hardship throughout his life and even applied to work at Home Depot during the 2011 NBA Lockout.
Videos have surfaced on social media in the last few years of Delonte’s hardship with Bipolar Disorder and financial difficulties. The videos showed a homeless Delonte but Delonte denied the assumptions and stated that he was in fact helping a homeless man. A few years later, another video surfaced of Delonte in a street fight in Washington DC.
Most recently, a video surfaced of Dallas Mavericks owner and esteemed entrepreneur Mark Cuban picking up Delonte West from a Dallas gas station and reuniting him with his family. Mark Cuban is also covering all the costs for Delonte’s drug rehabilitation program while he stays in a hotel.
Delonte West is someone who has gone through hardship time and time again and Mark Cuban believes in his willpower to recover and is willing to contribute anything to help him through it. Much can be said about Mark Cuban’s basketball management or his decisions on ‘Shark Tank’ but very rarely does a billionaire not only offer financial support but take time out of their livelihood to watch a former employee recover. It is never too late to ask for a hand and look to improve your life, regardless of how dire your circumstances may be.