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Ex-NBA Player Delonte West ‘Takes First Steps’ On His Road To Recovery & We Love To See It!

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Some good news to take you into the weekend! It appears former NBA star Delonte West is taking steps to recover from drug addiction. More inside…

Looks some NBA folks made good on their word.

Thankfully, 2020 has brought us some good news. Ex-NBA star Delonte West seems to have taken the first step on his road to recovery and we’re loving every bit of it. There were reports that several people in the NBA had been trying to reach out to help Delonte after several videos of him seemingly strung out on drugs went viral on the Internet.  It was hard to see.

Mark Cuban – who owns the Dallas Mavericks and did so when Delonte played on the team – shared a picture of Delonte all smiles while horseback riding. Horseback therapy (also called Equine therapy or equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is a treatment that includes equine activities and/or an equine environment to promote human physical and mental health.



"Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West," Mark captioned a photo of Delonte riding a horse. "A long, long, long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support."

According to TMZ, the 37-year-old - who battled bipolar disorder during his eight NBA seasons - has checked into a treatment facility after Mark picked him up at a Dallas gas station last week. The billionaire revealed he was able to get Delonte to agree to treatment with the help of his mother and that things are going well so far. Woot!

The site reports:

Sources close to West told us the ex-NBA player entered Phase 1 of his recovery earlier this week -- detox -- and was "roughing it out" while getting all traces of drugs and alcohol out of his system.

West has received an outpouring of support in recent weeks ... with ex-MLB superstar Darryl Strawberry -- who battled his own substance abuse issues -- offering to work together to stay clean when he finishes his treatment.

It was previously reported Delonte’s former Boston Celtics head coach/Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, Delonte’s former college basketball teammate/former NBA player Jameer Nelson, former MLB player Darryl Strawberry, and the NBA had been actively trying to help him out, but were unsuccessful.

During his NBA career, Delonte has played for four NBA teams after being the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics. You'll recall, he played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland from 2007 - 2010, up until unconfirmed rumors circulated about Delonte being sexually involved with LeBron's mom, Gloria James. He signed a three-year $12.7 million contract with the Cavaliers in 2008. He also played in China for a while.

We’re ecstatic he’s getting help and getting healthier!

Photo: AP/Mark Cuban's IG

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