INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Less than 24 hours after saying he was focused on basketball, Delonte West skipped the Cleveland Cavaliers' first day of practice. The Cavaliers' troubled guard did not show up for yesterday's morning workout to the surprise of coach Mike Brown, and missed the evening session at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
General manager Danny Ferry said the former Saint Joseph's star, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, was not in any harm.
"Delonte is in Cleveland," Ferry said via e-mail. "He is addressing a personal matter."
West, who has battled depression and mood disorders for years, was recently arrested for gun possession in Maryland after police pulled over his three-wheel motorcycle for a traffic violation and found he was carrying three loaded weapons - two handguns and a shotgun in a guitar case he had on his back.
West was charged with two counts of possessing a concealed handgun, which is a misdemeanor in Maryland. He has a court date on Nov. 20.
West likely will be suspended by the NBA pending the outcome of the weapons charges.