Welp, when it rains it pours (and apparently it’s been raining in Cleveland for four straight days). In addition to the news that the Indians decided there is, in fact, something wrong with a little bump and grind, and the Browns going back in their QB wayback machine, we hear from Brian Windhorst that Delonte West was again absent from practice this morning. And again, it was unexcused but apparently expected by the team.
To quoth the Twits:
Delonte West is not at practice. Absence is unexcused. All others present.
Team seems more relaxed today, though. Seems to me they were expecting it. Music playing at end of workout now.
Based on the information we’ve gathered from our sources, the situation is in fact more serious than many originally thought. At this point we should be guarded in our optimism regarding a timeframe for Delonte’s return to the team. Obviously we wish him the best, and there are more important issues at hand than his status with the team.
Stay tuned for more information as the story develops.
UPDATE 1:42PM : Another tweet from Windy, this one a quote from Lebron:
LeBron on trying to call Delonte: “We’ve tried…We don’t know if he has his phone. You don’t look into it. Either he answers or he doesn’t”
UPDATE 3:16 PM : Windy has a column up now, with a quote from Mo Williams:
“Outside of this practice facility, outside the arena and the fans there are things that he struggles with,” Williams said. “He’s seeing professional help for it and we’re behind him. I’m not worried about. I would be worried about somebody that doesn’t have a supporting cast that is trying to help him.”