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Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:03 pm
Posted by Royce Young

A lot of NBA players are looking at overseas options if the lockout drags into the season. A lot of that is because players want to stay in shape while playing as competitive of basketball they can. But the main reason? Money. Always money.

But what if a player weren't allowed to leave the country? Of course there are the many pro-am leagues scattered around, but those don't really pay. There's things like the Continental Basketball Association, but that's not exactly high-level competition. So what's a guy like Delonte West to do? Apply at Home Depot, that's what.

He tweeted:

Why can't West go overseas? Well, as he tweeted ("Can't even go get that over seas money.. Judge said it's a no go on leaving the country...") he can't leave the United States because of his lengthy list of past legal problems. West made more than $1 million last season and some $14 million in his seven-year playing career, but that doesn't mean he has money. Some professional athletes famously live paycheck to paycheck. West could very well be one of those.

And that's exactly the type of player the owners are trying to bleed out into giving in to a deal. The guys that aren't willing to put "pride 2 the side" and take work somewhere else to get by.

West may have been kidding, but he also tweeted, "Broke down in the ATM line.. 25 cars behind me and I already reached my daily limit... I'm broke n my cars broke.. Where's my therapist???" Is he really broke? Who knows. But before you get too witty, remember that West suffers from a pretty serious case of bipolar disorder. So his frustration could be related to that.

Still, if West is for real, I completely respect him for that. We forget that basketball is his job. It's how he pays bills, provides for his family and buys things for himself. If that income is gone, just like anyone else that's been laid off, he's got to move on and find new work. Of course I wouldn't think that would be a cashier at Home Depot, but if it is, more power to him.

Plus, he's going to get a pretty employee discount. Maybe he's got a big kitchen renovation he's about to start on. Whatever the case, it's not like it's a bad job. And how about how the company has to feel if an NBA player wants to work for them. That's the power of the Home Depot, I guess.


Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:20 am

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

My dad never misses an opportunity to remind me that in his day, all the star baseball players would have regular jobs in the off season. They'd play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, sign tons of autographs and get cheered on by tens of thousands of people, and then they'd go sell shoes or insurance over the summer. They would also go fight in wars, but that's separate conversation (do you really see any professional athlete hanging up the uniform and enlisting?) Only a handful of players used to be able to make a living on playing professional sports, so I guess Delonte West is just having a throw-back moment.

My only hope is that if he does get a job at Home Depot, that he really learns the floorplans. Nothing sucks like  having a Home Depot or Lowes employee send you across the warehouse to find an item that was actually right where you had started from.  Well, I'm sure there are things that suck more than that, but it is frustrating.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:13 am

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

Great Tweet...what an moron.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:04 am

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

There's nothing wrong with working but what was his Major in College? This makes No sense unless you've spent millions up and now Broke. Sounds like he needs to go back to College and get some education in how to Budget and make your income work for you. I'm sorry but this story has made me ill. Sad.....

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

Filled out a application?

Please don't let him do any paperwork while he is working at Home Depot.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:07 pm

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

I really hope Delonte is kidding about being broke.  He's one of my favorite Celtics of all time.  I hope he's doing o.k..

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:27 pm

Delonte West is looking for work at Home Depot

There is absolutely nothing wrong with pro athelets looking for work outside of their normal careers, As eccentric as Delonte West is he is still human and prone to doing things witing the norm of the average American, despite the fact that his normal income is in the seven figure range of most upper class people that most will never see in a lifetime.

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