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Delonte West suspended by Mavs, reportedly for locker room outburst

Delonte West reportedly has been suspended by the Dallas Mavericks for conduct detrimental to the team.

ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon reports that West had an outburst in the locker room following the Mavs’ 123-104 preseason win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. There are few details available concerning the length and cause of the suspension.

West had two points, two assists, and one rebound in 16 minutes of action during the game.

West has a reputation as a head case, but aside from going on a massive Twitter rant in January, he has been on relatively good behavior since joining the Mavericks last year. He also appeared to be in good spirits hours before the game, tweeting frequently and even asking his followers for fashion advice for the game.

Free agent Delonte West tries to recruit Deron Williams to the Mavericks

Either Delonte West has some sort of hush-hush agreement with the Mavericks about his return to Dallas next season, or West he is just an unconditional supporter of Mark Cuban and company. As you may have heard, Deron Williams has reportedly narrowed his list of potential teams down to two: the Nets and the Mavericks (although the Rockets could now be in play). Delonte’s contract with the Mavericks is up and he is set to become a free agent on Sunday just like Williams, but that didn’t stop him from taking to Twitter early Thursday morning to convince Deron that Dallas would be his best choice next season.

Dirk would indeed be the best player Williams has ever played with, but he is also 34 whereas Deron just turned 28. If a young superstar like Dwight Howard wound up with the Nets, Williams could play on a team with the potential to be a force for years to come — not just in the short term. As far as Delonte being able to spell Deron when he needs a breather, I guess he knows something we don’t about his contract situation. Otherwise he sounds pretty delusional.

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Mark Cuban got Bon Jovi to play at private party at his house?

We already knew that Mark Cuban doesn’t mind spending money or living lavishly, so is it possible that he booked Bon Jovi to play at a party at his mansion? Delonte West says that’s the case.

The Mavericks guard tweeted on Friday about going to his owner’s house for a private party, and he was clearly impressed:

But that’s not even the half of it. According to West’s next tweets, popular ’80s rock band Bon Jovi came out to play in the backyard:

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Delonte West hung out with Mini-Me after Mavs were eliminated from playoffs

When you’re feeling down after your team has been knocked out of the playoffs, there’s only one way to pick yourself up: hanging out with Mini-Me. That’s what Mavericks guard Delonte West did on Saturday after his team’s season-ending loss to the Thunder in Game 4 of the playoffs.

“Me and mini-me @vernetroyer …partin last night….he told me…imma wild boy…imma imma wild boy!!!” West tweeted.

Delonte is the same guy who thinks it’s totally normal to stick a finger in the ear of an opponent, so should we be surprised that he also was hanging out with Verne Troyer after a playoff game? Of course not — the guy is just completely unpredictable. You never know what you’re going to get from him.

Delonte West gets technical for sticking finger in Gordon Hayward’s ear (Video)

Delonte West got a little too friendly during the Mavericks triple-overtime loss to the Jazz on Monday night, and it earned him a technical foul. While playing three overtimes can be exhausting and frustrating, West’s unsportsmanlike moment came in the second quarter. As you can see from the video above, Delonte was unhappy with Gordon Hayward after the two got tangled up, so he decided to shove his finger in Hayward’s ear. Why this was his reaction to being upset, we have no idea.

If there is any positive to be taken from the situation for Hayward, it’s that it was West’s index finger and not his once-mangled ring finger that he fractured a couple months back. If Hayward saw the picture West tweeted of his injury and it turned out to be the same finger that was in his ear, he would probably have nightmares for weeks.

Delonte West tweets picture of his nasty finger injury

On Feb. 15 during a game against the Nuggets, Delonte West suffered a fractured ring finger on his right hand. He has since returned to action and given the Mavericks some quality minutes off the bench, but West still has to tape the healing finger and said it feels like hundreds of tiny needles are jabbing it every time someone swipes at it or falls on it.

If you think the injury sounds nasty, it looks even worse. Early Monday morning, West tweeted a couple of pictures of his finger from when the injury had happened with accompanying text that read “that’s where (the) bone came out.” If you’re squeamish, I would recommend not jumping ahead to look at them.

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Delonte West wants to quash rumor about LeBron’s mom once and for all

That nasty rumor about Delonte West sleeping with LeBron James’ mom, Gloria, does not want to die. But West has had enough of the speculation, which most people have probably taken as fact, and wants to put it to rest for good. Speaking with The Dallas Morning News, West addressed the gossip and talked about how it’s impacted his life.

“It’s affected me,” West says. “Everywhere I go, first question, ‘Don’t tell me you did that.’ ”

“That” would be the rumor that during the 2010 playoffs, West had a sexual encounter with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James’ mother, Gloria.

West says he wants to permanently squash the rumor not just for his sake, but mostly for James and his mother, who West says expressed nothing but kindness during his three seasons in Cleveland.

In fact, West says Gloria James reminded him of his single mother, Delphina Addison, who raised Delonte and his siblings to be “happy-poor, just enjoy life and the blessings that God has given us.

“If we want to continue to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?” West says of the rumor. “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that from.

“For a strong black woman like that, for people to try to tear her down, that’s terrible. That’s terrible in so many ways.”

West is a bit of an curious character, and with stories about him buying white Ford Broncos and applying for work at Home Depot, it’s hard to take him seriously. But if his recent Twitter rant didn’t remind you, West also suffers from bipolar disorder.

He has casually brushed off the James rumor in the past, but we suspected the story was false when he and LeBron hugged in the playoffs last year. Now it sounds like it is starting to legitimately bother him, so perhaps we should take him at his word and call an end to the rumor. It’s better as a taunt for bitter Cleveland fans who want to get in LeBron’s head, anyway.

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