Teammate on Delonte West: 'We're losing a competitor'

DALLAS -- If Delonte West can’t work out his differences with the Mavericks management and coaches again, he will be missed.

The colorful West, who was suspended indefinitely Thursday for the second time in two weeks, is a popular player in the Mavs’ locker room. He’s also highly respected, especially by those who played with West last season.

“We’re losing a competitor,” said Vince Carter, who planned to call his friend West later. “That’s just plain and simple. He’s a competitor. We all know that. You just hate to see everybody going through their differences, because that’s one guy you can rely on.”

Added Shawn Marion: “He’s a hell of a player. I wish him the best. He’s got some stuff to work out with [management and coach Rick Carlisle].”

Carlisle referred to the statement the Mavs released announcing West’s suspension and declined further comment.

“You’ve got to get over it,” said point guard Darren Collison, a Mavs newcomer. “It’s a tough business. Sometimes a situation doesn’t always fall your way. But as a team, we’ve got to look forward and move on. I think we’re ready to move on.”