DALLAS – It was Autumn 2012, and Delonte West was readying for a second season with the Dallas Mavericks – a franchise a yr faraway from an NBA title making an attempt to do the identical. I approached West with some apprehension as we organized an on-camera interview, and one way or the other, the topic of his “break up personalities” and “a number of personalities” was broached.”You possibly can ask me about all my personalities,” Delonte gleefully instructed me, bobbing someplace between”pleasant” and “disturbing.” “I do not deny them. I am pleased with them. They’re all me.”In recent times, by way of the cameras-are-everywhere social-media phenomenon, the general public has witnessed “all” of West. There are the movies of this man who earned $16 million within the NBA showing to be a beggar, movies of him showing to be homeless, filthy and misplaced, and now a horrifying video of him being overwhelmed brutally, relentlessly, in the midst of a freeway close to his native Washington, D.C. by one other man with mercilessly heavy fists and boots.(The Prince George County Police Division says West and the opposite man within the video (warning: It’s highly-disturbing) know one another, are refusing to cooperate with detectives, and that outrageously, the video of West may have been taken by a police officer.)Now there’s a new gone-viral picture of West, roaming the streets of Dallas whereas carrying an indication asking for cash.None of that is the results of his NBA household failing to try to assist him.The Mavs group tried, on a number of events over the course of some seasons, to harness West’s distinctive abilities whereas additionally making an attempt to supply off-the-court steerage to these “personalities.” In 2011-12, the yr after the title, he averaged 9.6 factors per recreation. The staff was in limbo, however he wasn’t; West, who’d been dumped the yr earlier than by the Celtics partly attributable to a daunting weapons cost (an armory of loaded weapons packed aboard West’s three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorbike), was rising from limbo, if just a bit bit.Dallas re-signed him in 2012, and he performed in all seven preseason video games, averaging 5.zero factors, 2.zero assists and 1.three rebounds in 17.6 minutes per recreation. This wasn’t going to be like Cleveland, the place in 2008-09 he performed on a three-year $12.7 million contract with the Cavaliers to function a LeBron James helper and began on a staff that received 66 video games and superior to the East Finals.However he had a job (no small factor for an NBA participant who ran out of dough throughout the 2011 NBA lockout and located himself making use of for a job at House Depot). And the assist of proprietor Mark Cuban, who I do know personally matched West with a monetary advisor. And the assist of coach Rick Carlisle, who provided the proper mixture of hard-ass/soft-hug steerage I believed may actually “save” Delonte.However because the common season was about to start, Delonte earned a suspension. He was reinstated a day later, then playfully referred to his coach as “Uncle Ricky’’ and compared his brief suspension to a dispute at a “family barbecue.’’ “Delightful” and “disturbing.” Carlisle responded at the time by noting, rather warmly, that West is player with a personality so “different’’ that while most NBA players “run on gas, Delonte runs on diesel.’’It was meant as a compliment, something Rick would want Delonte to hear and to absorb. Maybe, by celebrating his uniqueness, the NBA player, who as a teenage star often cut himself, guzzled pills and attempted suicide, could be reached. Maybe the NBA player, by that time nearing 30, who acknowledged his bipolar disorder – but then later announced that he really didn’t need the medication doctors had prescribed for it – needed to be reached.“I’ve got to help him,” Carlisle mentioned that week, “and our organization is going to help him, too.’’Twice after that, the Mavs organization did indeed try, by inviting Delonte to play for their G-League affiliate in Frisco, the Texas Legends. In serving as the Legends TV color analyst, I delighted in his relative success in 2013, which he used as a springboard to play in China. But he left unpleased, thinking the G-League stint was designed to springboard him back to the Mavs, when in fact, the organization was simply trying to help him get on his feet.West was out of basketball again by 2015. Again, the Legends reached out. He showed up, and stayed for a few weeks, but hurt his hand and at age 32, was never to play again.After Delonte’s second Mavs suspension in 2012, he basically locked himself up in his pricy apartment next door to the American Airlines Center. He looked out the high-rise window one day and, noticing the Mavs fans shuffling into the AAC, tweeted, “I’m just sittin’ here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes.”The tears apparently have not gone away. Nor have a number of the tales, together with the urban-legend story of West sleeping with LeBron’s mom. However the previous would not matter a lot now, not in comparison with a Delonte future that appears to be hanging by a shoestring.Carlisle addressed the most recent information right here on the AAC earlier than the Clippers-at-Mavs tipoff, saying that he is conscious of the most recent video. ‘I’ve heard it is a very unhappy state of affairs,” Carlisle mentioned. “You by no means wish to see any human being undergo one thing like that.”You sense that the Mavs would as soon as once more like to assist. You already know that West’s guys from again at Saint Joseph, coach Phil Martelli and teammate Jameer Nelson) would, too.Again throughout his double-suspension, Carlisle fended away prodding reporters by citing a Sara Bareilles tune known as, “King of Something.”It’s a tune,” Rick instructed us, “about individuals who ought to thoughts their very own enterprise.”Tucked into the lyrics of “King of Something”:I hate to interrupt it to you babe, however I am not drowningThere’s nobody right here to saveIn some second in time, that may have been acceptable for the circumstances of Delonte West. However as our dehumanizing cameras roll on … It is not so.