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The Mavericks have suspended guard Delonte West after “conduct detrimental to the team”.

This would make more sense if West was coming off a poor performance, but he had a decent, if quiet, line after the preseason game against Houston. His 17 minutes were the 2nd most off the bench, behind Vince Carter’s 20. He had 2 points (on 1/3 shooting), a rebound, two assists, a block and a turnover.

Of course, for a man who is diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, sometimes thing like this happen. A mental illness, just like a dislocated shoulder or sprained knee, is an injury. Unfortunately for Delonte, it’s not something that a few rehab sessions and time will cure.

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