Delonte West is sitting on a non-guaranteed contract with the Boston Celtics at the moment, so it’s probably not a good idea for him to be drawing negative attention to himself. After getting into a fight with Von Wafer — another Celtics guard — it looks like that’s exactly what West has done.
Pro Basketball Talk is reporting, via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, that some rough play on the court during practice carried over into the locker and punches were exchanged. According to an Adrian Wojnarowski tweet, West believed Wafer was responsible for a quote that was in the Boston papers from an anonymous source who had said it was “obvious” when West hadn’t taken his medication (he takes medication for bi-polar disorder).
Kennedy claims West was fouling Wafer every time he touched the ball during a three-on-three game in practice. Delonte got rougher and rougher with his play and Wafer apparently had had enough, so he exited to the locker room. Wafer showered after practice and sat down, and that’s when West came up to him and sucker punched him. Wafer threw two punches back at West before teammates came in and broke the scrum up.
Obviously this wasn’t your typical argument among teammates if West decided to carry it over into the locker room well after the initial incident occurred. As Kennedy added, West is already serving a 10-game suspension and Danny Ainge is reportedly growing tired of his antics. The Celtics certainly have enough depth that they could afford to let him go, so that might be the next step. It doesn’t appear West is that happy in Boston, anyway.