DALLAS Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West has been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team'' after a late Monday locker room incident in which the guard "cut it loose,'' according to a source.
"Cut it loose'' would seem to be a polite way to describe an action so negative that Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he was obligated to announce the suspension shortly after the team's 124-103 preseason home-opening win over Houston. Carlisle neither described the incident nor specified a timetable for West's return.
West participated in the game, playing 17 minutes (scoring two points with two assists). It is not known if playing time is associated with his locker-room behavior, but he is part of a crowded backcourt in which newcomers Darren Collison and OJ Mayo start ahead of him. Younger players Dominique Jones and Jared Cunningham played most of the fourth-quarter minutes as the backcourt combo in sealing the win.
The veteran West has ...