Delonte West To the L.A. Lakers? It’s Not Worth the Headache

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Delonte West in an effort to save money. While there will undoubtedly be more than a few NBA teams who may request his services, I just hope the Los Angeles Lakers are not one of them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm aware that West is a decent defensive player, and he would give the Lakers more size in their backcourt, but it's West's underlying issues that have me a little wary.

When West was pulled over by police carrying a large number of guns and an ounce of marijuana, the first thought that crossed my mind was, "Where in the hell was he going?"

When it was revealed that West suffered from bi-polar disease the situation was explained, but it didn't lessen the circumstances surrounding West's arrest, especially the small arsenal of weapons he was carrying.

It should be safe to assume that West failed to take his medicine that day, but what if his transgression had occurred under the lights and media scrutiny of Los Angeles?

That's not to say West shouldn't be forgiven for his mistake, but considering what his mistake involved and West's volatile condition, should the Lakers really take that chance?

West's situation reminds me of Seth Rogen's character Ronnie in the movie "Observe and Report," because both suffered from the same disease, and both decided to eschew their medication, which led to damaging results.

In the movie, Ronnie's decision led to him getting rejected from the Police Academy and being forced to witness his life spiral downwards. In West's case the consequences could have been far worse.

What if he had made it to his destination before police pulled him over while carrying six guns?

It could be argued that West didn't make it to his destination so any speculation is a moot point, but does that mean it would never happen again?

This goes beyond basketball because I'm sure Lakers...

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