But he's known as the guy who maybe, you know, with, you know who's mom.
After his first five seasons in the NBA, Delonte West was the kind of player who basketball obsessives knew and loved, a fan favorite who hadn’t drawn much mainstream attention. West explained to the officer that he was carrying weapons: a 9 mm Beretta, a Ruger .357 magnum, a Remington 870 shotgun, shotgun shells, and a bowie knife.
Around 10 p.m., not far from his home in Prince George’s County, Maryland, he was pulled over on his three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle for making an unsafe lane change.
The police later reported that the shotgun was in a guitar case.
While an attorney for King James has formally denied the "idiotic and 'off the wall'" speculation (which appears to have absolutely no legitimate foundation), one former player is speaking out to the contrary.
Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy took to the airwaves Wednesday night and became the most high-profile person to date to back the rumors.
All that's known is, when they were Cleveland Cavalier teammates, West and James had a few interesting moments. Here's the key part: 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? That's terrible in so many ways."So there's that, straight from the man's mouth.
The Dallas Morning News has a long feature on West (behind a paywall), but they excerpted the part of the story that focuses on Gloria James. 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.
Delonte and Gloria were hooking up a lot during the Cavs 2010 season.
She began traveling with the team more, and became closer to Delonte who was in the midst of a divorce to his wife of less than a year.
For the rest of the season, West did not speak to the media at all. Two months before the arrest, he’d married his college sweetheart.
A month after the motorcycle incident, they were divorced. But despite these ups and downs, West played well, and the Cavs went into the playoffs with the NBA’s best record.
The 29-year-old is coming off the most efficient season of his career.