Delonte West on fight: ‘We’re ready to move past that’
|10.31.10 at 4:01 pm ET|
WALTHAM — It’s been 48 hours since reports about the fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer first became public and the only person who had not been heard from on the incident was West. He spoke after the Celtics ran through practice Sunday and tried to downplay it.
“It’s not that serious,” he said. “We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team, there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different.”
West did say that the initial report that appeared on Hoops World was inaccurate. The story indicated that the Celtics were ready to cut West, but Danny Ainge denied that.
“I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context,” West said. “Facts were made up that were not true how things played out. Guys get into scuffles or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day we’re like brothers in here. At the end of the day we’re trying to win. We’re competitive. We’ve got fiery guys in here. You got to move on and get to the next thing.”
West was not at TD Garden Friday night. Per NBA rules, suspended players have to be out of the building two hours before a game starts. West is three games into a 10-game suspension after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop last summer. He said the he’s been working out at the team’s practice facility during games and then watching them there.
“That’s a penalty you have to pay,” West said. “I’m not arguing with it. I’m still on a team and able to play basketball. It could be a lot worse. There’s no negatives here. I’m positive and I can’t wait to get out there and contribute.”
He also said that he appreciated the support of the Celtics organization. “To be on a team such as the Celtics and they have high hopes for me and asked me to contribute and help them win a championship, that’s a very high compliment, and I take it to heart,” West said. “I don’t want to let this team down.”
West said that his back, which kept him out of several preseason games, felt “100 percent.”
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