The only sad part about last year (and I mean the ONLY part) was not getting to share the title with guys like Delonte, Big Al, and Ryan Gomes. Looks like it still hurts Delonte a little too, but he's getting over it (in his usual style):
Does losing the Boston series last spring still bother you?
West: Well, I have it in my front pocket right now. Every time I reach in to get a dollar out I see the Boston series right in my hand. I try to stuff it back in my pocket so I don’t see it. But I can’t let that go.
Coming from that team, where everything just snowballed and went down hill – we were the laughingstock of the league and the very next year they get a Championship. And I felt that I had put in a lot of groundwork with that team; that should have been my reward.
But the Lord works in mysterious ways. And out of all the chaos, and what I thought was a punishment, turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of my life – being here in Cleveland and getting a contract that will let me take care of my family the way I want to. I can now relax and really devote myself and my skills to an organization that’s doing the same thing for me.
Check out the rest of the interview for some more classic Delonte quotes about the Internet, Russia, Sponge Bob, and the devil.