Delonte West is not messing around. Check out this interview with WEEI's Paul Flannery:
"I’m just happy to be given this opportunity to do what I love," he said. "I’m lucky to be here. I’m happy to be here. I’m a soldier in Doc’s army. Whatever he needs me to do. I’ll go to war and die for this team. Playing every game, every minute this year like my life depended on it, cause it [does.] Nothing’s promised."
"I’ve been given this opportunity to prove to the NBA and the world that I’m a good person," West said. "I have a lot to prove and I don’t want to let anyone down. For them to say they want this guy back and Danny Ainge to say that, Wyc [Grousbeck] and the ownership and some of the players… that’s a high compliment. That’s something that you’re going to take to the grave with you. When you’re done playing you’ll tell your kids, 'Doc Rivers wanted me to play for him.' Maybe I’m not this quote unquote bad guy after all."
Sounds motivated to me. If his head is on straight, Delonte can help this team tremendously. He's such a fearless player.
On a lighter note, the Globe's Gary Washburn talked contract extension with Kendrick Perkins:
He said he won't push his representatives to talk extension, but plans on remaining a Celtic.
"I want to stay here (in Boston)," he said. "I told Danny (Ainge) I ain't going nowhere and I meant it."
I'm curious to see how the Celtics handle Perk, especially with the lockout looming.