Oh, dear lord. I’m starting to get the feeling that Delonte West and Von Wafer don’t like each other very much. (Alex Kennedy, Twitter)
After another intense three-on-three game in practice today, Delonte West and Von Wafer got into a fist fight in the locker room.
Punches were thrown and the players had to be separated. The Celtics are considering releasing West, who is on a non-guaranteed contract.
Sources say that Wafer tried to walk away but West followed him into the locker room and threw the first punch. Doc and vets aren’t happy.
Where to start, where to start?
First, why are the Celtics even holding three-on-three games in “practice” today (probably actually a team shootaround)? They’ve got a game tonight. They should be conserving their energy for the Knicks.
Second, this is exactly the type of issue that made signing Delonte West and Von Wafer a risk. When you sign one player who’s mentally unstable and another who’s a loose cannon with a reputation for being a disagreeable ass munch, these are the scenarios that could happen. This is why chemistry has been discussed as a possible issue.
Third, who keeps leaking these damn stories to Alex Kennedy? If West and Wafer have beef, okay, they’ve got beef. But keep it in-house beef. Neither of these guys needs his reputation sullied any more than it already is.
Fourth, are the Celtics really considering waiving Delonte West? Was this fight that bad? West is arguably the bench’s most important piece. Now he gets in one little fight and Doc Rivers gets scared, tells him “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle to Bel-Aire?” That would seem like the overreaction of the century, unless West has been more of a problem than we know.
If I’m Doc Rivers and Von Wafer and Delonte West have enough bad blood that I’ve got to cut one of them, it’s an easy decision: I’m getting rid of Wafer. Unless West is completely uncontrollable.