Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/5/12

The Dallas Mavericks’ visit to the Q last night meant the return of Delonte West. Along with West, the Dallas visit also led to a re-hash of their NBA Finals win over public enemy number one in Cleveland. The former Cavalier guard is talking to the media these days, and expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Cleveland fans and the Cavalier organization, along with owner Dan Gilbert.

Via Tom Reed of The Plain Dealer:

“I don’t consider them fans, I consider them my friends,” West said. “We had such a close bond. It’s good to see the same faces. And that speaks to what Cleveland sports is about. Even though the things that went on.”

Delonte also talked about his new team, and how it compares to his time in Cleveland.

“It’s just a great atmosphere. Like Cleveland, it’s just another one of those owners [in Mark Cuban] that just gets it.”

As for Dirk Nowitzki, Bill Livingston discussed the warm reception he and the Mavericks received after their NBA Finals win over LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Dirk:

“When you’re caught up in the Finals, you really don’t know about these things…I think this whole city and this whole region were hurt by the way LeBron left.”

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