Vice Sports sat down with former Cleveland Cavalier Delonte West, and West, the man who's struggled with bipolar disorder and has become a "boogey man" among NBA pundits and executives, is still just looking for a shot. More than anything, he wants a chance to prove that he's become a better player and a better person.
have suggested that in the interview, West admits to having slept with LeBron James' mom. But that's not true. In a segment when he's talking about his young son, Cash, he says that he doesn't want his own actions to affect his son's life, but in a general way.
"I didn't want to name him Delonte West Jr. just because of that," West says. "I don't want my son going to school and people making fun of him for something his daddy did... 'Oh, didn't your daddy have sex with LeBron's mama?' Man, I don't need to deal with all that, man."
West calls his years in Cleveland some of the best of his career — "I wasn't the main man, but I was the man next to
the man," he says — and explains the very real ramifications his mental illness has had on his earning power and league perceptions.
West continues to reveal himself to be an infinitely sympathetic figure: "What I always wanted," West says, "is a family, is someone to sit court side and cheer for me."
We're cheering for you man.