West looking to get back in the league

West looking to get back in the league
July 22, 2013, 10:30 am
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Delonte West said to SLAM Magazine that he wants another shot at the NBA.

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After a harsh exit from the NBA last year, Delonte West wants back in.

The eight-year veteran said to SLAM Magazine that he wants to play basketball again and that he will put everything in the past behind him.

"Let me stop playing around; let me get back on the path that I was on; let me get into my groove,” he said to the magazine.

West, 30, played for the Celtics on two different stints, from 2004 to 2007 and in the 2010-11 season. He most recently played with the Dallas Mavericks, and was waived before the 2012-13 season began.

On the court, he averages 9.7 points per game and shoots 44.8 percent from the field, but it is the off-the-court issues that can worry some teams. West suffers from bipolar disorder and has been the subject of other issues, including arguments with teammates and being fined by the league.

"I’m just breaking free of that stigma, letting stuff go, putting that stuff behind me," West said. "I’m going to show that I’ve grown, stats-wise and person-wise.”

West said that he has the body of a 24- or 25-year-old player and that he "can play this game 10 more years." But in order for the 6-foot-3 West to get back in the league, a team needs to pick him up to give him a shot.

"Just give me a jersey," West said.