When we’re kids, many of us aspire to be professional athletes. Not only do we dream of playing a sport we love as our career, but we know that with such a career often comes wealth and fame. But even those of us who do make it and become rich and famous as athletes or actors or musicians are still human beings, prone to the same challenges as everyone else. And we all need help sometimes.
Recently, former NBA player Delonte West has hit hard times. The former Dallas Maverick (among other teams) played in the league for eight years, but is now homeless and fighting substance abuse. He was recently spotted holding a sign on the street in Dallas.
Shortly after a photo of West holding a sign on the street circulated, TMZ reported that Mark Cuban, the owner of the Mavericks, for whom West played in 2011-12, is lending a hand.
After efforts by West’s family to get him to go to rehab, Cuban picked West up at a Dallas gas station and took to him a hotel.
There, Cuban and West’s mom convinced him to go to a facility. Cuban also offered to pay for his stay.
It appears that West is making progress already, at least based on the amazing photo Cuban shared on Twitter today of West riding a horse.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . 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. pic.twitter.com/555twAEVDP
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 9, 2020
In his tweet, Cuban acknowledges that his former employee has a long way to go, writing:
“Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West. 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.”
Having support like he does, from his family and people like Cuban, is a huge part of getting better. Here’s hoping West is able to make it.