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Delonte West Insists He’s “OK” After Panhandling Viral Video Surfaces

The former NBA player says, “It is what it is,” when asked how he is doing in wake of the clip.

The ongoing plight of former NBA player Delonte West has once again hit the public consciousness after a viral video emerged last week showing him panhandling in Virginia.

West, 38, played for five professional teams from 2004 to 2012 and had been extremely down on his luck after infractions with the police, drug abuse, and personal financial mishaps placed him under supervised care.

The video, which was picked up by The Image Direct, found West asking for money on the side of the road and when asked how he is doing, he responded by saying, “It is what it is.”

“I got children. I’m in between jobs. People can help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man I gotta do what I gotta do for my babies,” added West, who has two sons.

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His public issues with mental health, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder led to him entering rehab in 2020 with the help of Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner who West played for in 2011-2012. Last October, he reportedly relapsed and was arrested outside of a Florida police department.

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This February, West was in the headlines again when video footage showed the former NBA guard getting shots up in the gym. TMZ reported at the time that he was training to try out for Ice Cube’s BIG3 league. But then he “no-showed” for the draft last month.

West now has aspirations to join an NBA coaching staff.

“I’m always involved in the game I love. Last year, I was scouting for the Dallas Mavericks, and for the previous three years, I was an NBA scout for the Boston Celtics. I was actually looking forward to being a head coach or assistant coach in the NBA this season but as I said, it’s a business that has a lot of people involved and wanna stay involved. Prayerfully, luckily, I’ll be up for discussion this upcoming season.”

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