On the left, Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks. On the right, Delonte West, former NBA player. (The Associated Press)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked up former NBA player and his team Delonte West this week at a gas station in Texas to take him to a rehab center after being seen wandering the streets for years.
Cuban confirmed to ESPN that West began treatment Tuesday after meeting him with his mother at a nearby hotel. In the fourth, they convinced the ex-gunman to accept help for his recovery.
According to TMZ reports, Cuban had been trying to locate West, who played for the Mavericks in the 2011-12 season, for days before finding his whereabouts. The portal published the video of the moment when the businessman picked up West.
A few weeks ago, a photo circulated on the networks of West, 37, asking for money with a sign on the streets of Dallas. Last January, he was arrested after an incident with a driver in the middle of a highway in Maryland.
West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, played in the NBA with four franchises for eight seasons. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. During his career, he earned a sum of $ 16.2 million, according to basketball-reference.com.
Both the NBA Players Association and manager Doc Rivers, former Canastero Jameer Nelson, among others, have tried to help West in the past few years.