The suspension the Dallas Mavericks issued guard Delonte West only lasted one day. Coach Rick Carlisle lifted West's suspension Tuesday night and said the embattled eight-year veteran will be in uniform for tonight's 7:30 game at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. "Delonte West will be back with the team [today] for shootaround," Carlisle said, "and be available for [tonight's] game vs. Phoenix." Carlisle suspended West "for conduct detrimental to the team" after a locker room outburst following Monday's 123-104 triumph over the Houston Rockets. West was seen by fans and media members angrily pulling off his jersey and tossing it to a fan on his way to the locker room after the game. However, after Tuesday's meeting with general manager Donnie Nelson and Carlisle, West was cleared to return to the Mavs -- more than likely with some sort of restrictions. As far as West's teammates go, they appear to truly love and admire what he brings to the table. "He's a great dude," guard O.J. Mayo said. "You hear stories about all of us. "They say I'm the next thing to a killer, so it is what it is. Perception and reputation is everything, but D-West is great in the locker room. He's helped me a lot this season." A year after West played tenacious defense while averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game, the Mavs signed him to a one-year, $1.2 million free-agent contract this past summer. Mayo, meanwhile, has no doubt that the players will applaud West's return and quickly put this matter behind them. "By the end of the day, we've got to keep on getting better, and when he comes back, we'll have our arms open for him and welcome him back and just continue working," Mayo said. "I'm pretty sure guys will give D-West a call and make sure all is well."
Delonte West will rejoin Mavericks today following one-day suspension
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Oct 17