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Former Boston Celtics Guard Delonte West Continues Downward Spiral

It is always disheartening seeing a member of the NBA family fall into a downhill spiral.

That has been the case for former first round pick Delonte West, who has experienced a very dramatic fall from grace over the past decade. The former Boston Celtics guard has had countless run-ins with the law and this week has found himself in yet another unfortunate situation.

On Monday, video surfaced off West being kicked and beaten on a highway in Maryland. The 36-year old looked in rough condition when police officers arrived at the scene. According to reports, West most recently worked with his brother in construction, but has since struggled to not only find work, but to cope with his mental health.

West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2010.

“Really sad,” one of West’s longtime confidants said. “Your heart breaks for him.”

The NBPA has attempted to provide West with financial support in recent years, while the Boston Celtics provided West with a job as a team scout. West was unable to hold onto the position.

“We all love Delonte, and we don’t want to see him like this,” offered another close friend of West. “We want him to figure his life out.”

West played eight seasons in the NBA, splitting time between the Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and the then Seattle Supersonics.

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