Delonte West Signs with Celtics to Win, Not to Scare LeBron James

1 09 2010

The normally placid air of the early-September NBA blogoville was momentarily interrupted today with one piece of hot news. It brought us back to the seediest rumor of last year’s playoffs, a time my innocent mind would rather forget.

As reported by Gary Washburn, the Celtics have added Delonte West to shore up their backcourt off the bench. In case you forget, the Celtics are the defending East champs and one of Miami’s chief rivals. In case you double-forget, there was a strong rumor (based on little actual evidence) last spring that West slept with LeBron James’ mother, therefore affecting the former Cavs star’s play and rendering him ineffective for the pivotal Game 5 against Boston.

When the news of West’s deal with Boston broke, many mature thinkers — including noted sage Bill Simmons — took to Twitter to claim that this was Boston’s, or maybe West’s, direct response to LeBron. With the power of Delonte and his penchant for MILFs, the Celtics would get inside LeBron’s head and make him irrelevant in all head-to-head contests next season. Never mind that the West/James tryst has never been proven or that the entire episode is based on a series of assumptions about when and how LeBron found out. From many descriptions, you’d think the NBA were American Pie, with LeBron Stifler finding out about Delonte Finch sleeping with his mother and not being able to deal with the thought of it ever again.

The West MILF saga always struck me as stupid, and thankfully I never had to write about it since my bosses at SportingNews.com forbade me from mentioning it on the site. Then again, it was undoubtedly a big story on some of the goofier blogs around, so it’s not as if it should just be forgotten right now.

Of course, mentioning it is slightly different than using it as the primary basis for the Celtics’ signing. West played for the Celtics before being dealt to the Sonics in the 2007 Ray Allen trade, and he’s proven that he can be a useful player for a contender, even if his gun troubles from last summer make him slightly less dependable than previously thought.

The Celtics are trying to win championships, not engage in some form of half-baked psychological warfare. They already have Kevin Garnett’s angry faces for that.