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West Dealing With Bipolar Disorder

Ken Berger of CBS Sports has a piece up on Delonte West’s struggles with bipolar disorder. Some good insight in there about what it’s like to live with the condition and how West is handling things.

A couple of excerpts:

“On what he perceived as an innocent ride on a three-wheel motorcycle in September 2009 — carrying multiple firearms, an 8-inch bowie knife and more than 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition — West’s career and life spun out of control. His battle with depression and bipolar disorder sent him in and out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ control for several months, and his public silence and grim-faced approach did nothing to quell concerns about not only his basketball career, but also his well-being.

“When you’re thinking about, ‘Am I going to go to jail after the season?’ and going through a tough divorce during the season, those things can weigh on you sometimes,” West said. “When you’re a professional athlete, you’ve got to be a robot sometimes. You’ve got to check your emotions at the door. But we’re humans. You can’t say, ‘OK, I’m not going to think about this,’ when it’s something to really think about. … When things are up in the air and all people can say to you, the courts and the lawyers, is, ‘You’ve got to wait and see,’ there’s a lot of nights when you’re not sleeping.”

Re: his coulda-tied-the-game three pointer against the Thunder on Friday night:

“… an hour after the game, there was West at his locker, apologizing to reporters for not being there sooner.

“When I was younger and I didn’t have the proper care and medicine, I would’ve been in here all day,” West said. “The guys would’ve had to come get me and say, ‘It’s only one game, man. We’ve got another game.’ But to me, it would’ve been like I just lost a Game 7.”

Swing by the link above and check out the whole piece. Well worth reading…

  • What More Can I Say?

    I'm glad he is getting help. Let's hope he says on his meds.

  • I_Love_Green

    "But to me, it would’ve been like I just lost a Game 7.”

    No Delonte, you don't even understand how that feels.

  • CsFanInArkansas

    Did he not play for the Cavs when we beat them in 7 games?

    • Morpheus

      I think Green meant a game 7 of the finals and we all know how badly that HURT

      • I_Love_Green

        Yeah thats what I meant. Losing in 7 to the Magic in 09 was nothing compared to last year.

  • Morpheus

    Good news for Cs fans….Haslem may be done for season,Miami considering using the injury exception.

    Is this the most epic plan failure in the history of basketball….has to be,along with the Clippers.

    • Zain

      Boston can beat Miami even if they are at full strength. Besides, calling an injury good news will anger the basketball gods, karma can derail anything. I do feel bad for Haslem and Miller though–just think about how Perkins felt, helpless and unable to do anything while your team falters.

      • Morpheus

        Yeah true i don't wish injury on anyone playing/living their dream….APOLOGIES

    • JP-

      Heat fans will say Miami hasn't been at full strength (No Mike Miller). But if your resting all of your hopes on Mike Miller, you've got real problems.

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  • Tom W

    This stuff goes far beyond basketball. Delonte's struggles are much more important than even last year's game 7. I really hope Boston can be the place where he can find some peace.

    • Tim

      Thank you. Too many people lose perspective. I love the Celtics but No Game 7 or any other game compares to someone struggling with life altering illness.

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