Delonte West is not an ordinary, or normal, dude. He’s what one politely calls “a character,” somewhere between free spirit and an irresistible goof. West is one of those athletes whose style of play reflects his personality, and vice-versa. He’s not brazenly unorthodox, or necessarily spectacular, but his assurance allows him to proceed confidently with decisions that might seem dizzy or impractica. West doesn’t gamble; he veers away from expectations as if there were no other choice. Determination is an over-used term in sports, but in West’s case, it provides the metaphysical heft needed to explain how he makes his way around a basketball court.
The Cavs could land the next great shooting guard and I’ll still miss Delonte West.