Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard and fan favorite Delonte West was the recent subject of a trip to the Dallas zoo. West, along with teammate Lamar Odom, sat with area students during a 30-minute program in which zoo specialists brought out various animals such as penguins, alligators and a boa constrictor.
The highlight, per usual, was the on-the-record discussion with the eccentric West.
West seemed to thoroughly enjoy his first visit to the Dallas Zoo. His right hand was free of a bandage. The ring finger he gruesomely fractured Feb. 15 and needed surgery on a few days later remains a bit swollen and stiff, but he was more than ready to interact with the students and, well, the animals for that matter.
“Well, I think they noticed as soon as I came into the zoo my natural animal instinct, you know what I mean?” Delonte said, speaking of the actual animals. “I got a chance to eat with the lions, you know? They had Lamar playing with the penguins, but they needed me for the more animalistic-type of things, carnivore-type of things. So, I also had a chance to give birth to a baby cheetah today and I’m just overwhelmed with the experience to be amongst my own and my peers.”
West, who grew up in Washington D.C., was asked if he spent much time at the zoo as a youngster.
“I just ran out in the woods, whatever I could find take it home as a pet,” West said, again stretching the boundaries of fact into pure fiction. “I had a pet raccoon once. No, I took my few field trips to the zoo, but like I said, I think we’re getting ready to go see some of the lions and gorillas, my own kind and hopefully we can have a nice bonding experience and they will accept me as the pack leader.”
Hot sauce is most certainly still in his bag. Literary gold, Delonte West. Literary gold.