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…