Photo may have been deleted

Twitter/@Calltcooks

NBA coaches and players are banding together once again to help former NBA star Delonte West after a new viral photo shows him panhandling for money on the side of a busy roadway in Dallas.

On Sept. 22, Twitter user @Calltcooks uploaded a photo that showed a bedraggled West wearing a white, loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and grey jogging pants.

He was holding a cardboard sign, begging for money. @Calltcooks captioned the image: "Got damn Delonte West."

The 37-year-old former shooting guard once played alongside LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers team. They fell out after gossip blogs linked West with James' mother, Gloria James, in a relationship.

West played 8 seasons in the NBA. He last played for the Boston Celtics in 2012, but he was waived for arguing with teammates.

After playing in the NBA's D-league and for a China team, West returned to the U.S. and fell on hard times after he began drinking and allegedly abusing drugs, which exacerbated his mental health problems.

At the peak of his career, West purchased homes for his parents and helped family members financially, but he received little financial help after he fell on hard times.

Viral photos and videos over the years have portrayed West as homeless and a drug addict. West's former coach Doc Rivers and the Players Association tried to help him after he was beaten bloody by a homeless man in January.

Several years ago, West's brother, Dmitri, revealed his brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs. I don't know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he's doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that's out there, the best that they can afford."

The NBA has once again offered its resources to help West, theGRIO reported.
 

Copyright Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to the photograph(s) or video(s) used in this post. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" of photographs for purposes such as parody, criticism, commentary, news reporting, education, and research.

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

NBA coaches and players have reached out to fallen NBA star Delonte West after disturbing video shows a man punching and stomping him on a Washington D.C. highway.

The video shows vehicles driving by slowly as a man punched and stomped West who lay in a crumpled heap in a roadway.

A second video shows a shirtless man who resembles West sitting on a curb with his wrists handcuffed behind his back. West has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

West's Saint Joseph's teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson, and their former coach Phil Martelli expressed concern for West's mental health.

West is best known for briefly dating LeBron James' mother Gloria James, while he was LeBron's teammate in Cleveland.

Photo may have been deleted

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

In addition to dating LeBron's mom, West also briefly date actress Vivica A. Fox (pictured).

West bounced around the NBA after being chosen by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the 2004 NBA draft.

Photo by Washington Post via Getty Images

West is pictured with his wife Caresha and son Cash when he played for the NBA's G League team Texas Legends in 2015.

Photo may have been deleted

The Dallas Mavericks waived troubled guard Delonte West on Monday following his "indefinite" suspension for being a bad influence on the younger players. The Mavs suspended West twice during the 2012 preseason for unspecified reasons.

On Monday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban told the media West could possibly return to the Mavericks lineup after his suspension.

Read more »