Frisco, a well-to-do bedroom community, has tripled in size as families with children move farther from the city, and those kids are the Legends’ key demographic—hence the bouncy castle a few yards from the court.It’s April 2013, and the Legends, the NBA Development League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks, are playing the Springfield Armor., citing West’s diagnosis the year before with what had been described in the press as a mood disorder.That diagnosis had been fairly minor news, and West had gone on to have his best NBA season to date.The piece details how a wild rumor and the NBA’s failure to maturely treat or acknowledge mental health concerns helped to derail Delonte West’s career and reputation.
That’s how West describes the last five years of his life: He was mistaken for a person he never was, and his livelihood was taken from him. A Texas Legends home game feels like an extravagant birthday party thrown for the most popular kid in suburban Dallas.The protagonist, a young guitar player, dreams of making it as a musician.Instead, he’s confused for a criminal, a man whose hallmark is a weapon-laden guitar case.For the rest of the season, West did not speak to the media at all. Two months before the arrest, he’d married his college sweetheart.A month after the motorcycle incident, they were divorced. But despite these ups and downs, West played well, and the Cavs went into the playoffs with the NBA’s best record.