After a photo of former NBA player Delonte West begging on the side of the highway in Texas went viral, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered his former employee an assist.
Cuban was filmed on Monday picking up West at a gas station and was then able to bring him to a hotel to discuss the 37-year-old’s future options with his mother, Delphina Addison, TMZ Sports reported.
As of Tuesday morning, West had entered a drug rehabilitation facility after Addison and Cuban were able to team up to convince him to get help.
“A Delonte West update, as people close to the ex-NBA player going through very difficult personal struggle continue to offer help: Sources say Mavs owner Mark Cuban reunited West with his mother in Dallas on Monday — and now West has checked into rehab facility in Florida,” according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
It is believed that Cuban is footing the bill for West’s treatment.
Family, friends and other members of the NBA community have been attempting to get West, who publicly discussed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder during his career, to enter rehab for years.
Drafted by the Boston Celtics, West averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game over eight NBA seasons and last played for the Mavericks in 2011-12.
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