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All should be wary of West’s return

Posted by Bill Koch on September 1, 2010

We’d like to issue a public service announcement to all the lovely ladies out there who support the cause here at Ramble On.

Since my man BDowd and myself try to act as gentlemanly as possible at all times, we feel it’s only right to warn all of you about who’s coming back to Boston. To quote our man Big Boi from Outkast, this goes out to all the mommas, baby’s mommas and baby’s momma’s mommas.

Delonte West will sign a free agent deal with the Boston Celtics and report to the team’s training camp before the start of the 2010-11 season, an unexpected return that only Danny Ainge could have orchestrated. The contracts that he handed to Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Jermaine O’Neal, coupled with the existing deals on the books with Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, have forced Boston to look to the scrap heap to fill in the rest of its roster as it tries to return to the NBA Finals for the third time in four years.

Enter West, whose life has taken a series of bizarre twists and turns since the Celtics packaged him with Wally Szczerbiak and the draft rights to No. 5 pick Jeff Green for Allen and the draft rights to Big Baby Davis from Seattle (now Oklahoma City) in June 2007. Allen helped Boston win Banner 17 and West spiraled out of control thanks to his battle with bipolar disorder, enduring a series of incidents that you couldn’t make up in Hollywood. He never gave us the impression that he was the most stable guy in the first place – the neck tattoos and the unexplained STD stain on his lower lip always had us a little freaked out, but we dealt with it.

Not we’re not sure what to think, and that’s why we’re throwing out this warning. West was traded from Seattle to Cleveland in 2008 to be a complimentary piece of the LeBron James puzzle and allegedly did a little bit more than that. He was arrested in Sept. 2009 while riding a three-wheel motorcycle and carrying three guns, including a Remington 870 shotgun, in a guitar case over his shoulder. Ramble On is not fan of any potential for gun violence, but the story doesn’t end there. The Cavaliers’ latest playoff flameout was followed by incredible Internet rumors that West was having an affair with James’ mother Gloria.

Let us be 100 percent clear – we have no idea if it happened or not. Still, we find it pretty hairy that such a thing was even being discussed. Going anywhere near your friend’s Mom is borderline behavior at best and something that we don’t endorse. Yeah, sure, we all had a crush on someone’s Mom when we were 13. It usually ended by the time we started shaving more than once a week. It tells us, if true, that West has no depths that he won’t sink to. We think that all the ladies out there should be fully aware of what West is bringing to the table if they ever run into him on Causeway Street – don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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