Delonte West Explains Panhandling: Doing It ‘For My Babies’

A week after video surfaced of former NBA player Delonte West panhandling in Virginia, the former pro insists he’s doing OK.

“It is what it is,” West told The Image Direct in response to the viral video of his roadside panhandling. “I got children. I’m in between jobs.”

A father to two sons and a veteran of 8 NBA seasons, West continued: “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.”

West last played in the NBA in the fall of 2012.

The 38-year-old West, who’s battled mental health and addiction issues, was slated to participate in Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league this summer, but reportedly missed last month’s draft and remains jobless.

“I was excited to have the opportunity,” West told The Image Direct, “I’ll be there next season. I’ll be there rooting guys on.”

West also shared that he has NBA coaching aspirations and is hopeful to land a gig within the league. “I’m always involved in the game I love. Last year, I was scouting for the Dallas Mavericks and the previous three years, I was an NBA scout for the Boston Celtics,” said West.

He added: “I was actually looking forward to being a head coach or assistant coach in the NBA this season but like I said, it’s a business that have a lot of people involved and wanna stay involved.

Delonte West says he hopes to be involved in the NBA in the future.

(photo courtesy of The Image Direct)

“Prayerfully, luckily I’ll be up for discussion this upcoming season.”

West played for Dallas, Boston, Cleveland Seattle. He holds career averages of just under 10 points per game and more than three assists. He was selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft, 24th overall.

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Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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