According to a Hoopsworld report, Delonte West and Von Wafer were involved in a fight at the team’s walkthrough today in Waltham. Media are not allowed at these walkthroughs.
West and Wafer have been at odds this week, playing a particularly competitive one-on-one game after Monday’s practice. The two began exchanging words when West repeatedly scored on Wafer and the game eventually had to be halted by assistant coach Lawrence Frank.
West is serving a 10-game suspension and currently has 8 games left before he can return to the court. Wafer claimed the last spot on the roster over Stephane Lasme, a difficult decision for the coaching staff because Lasme was popular with the players.
With West out for the first few weeks, the Celtics felt they needed a swingman to spell Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels. Both West and Wafer on playing on non-guaranteed contracts and could be released at any time.
This is what Shaquille O’Neal said Monday about West after the two played together last year in Cleveland.
“He did what he did (with his gun charges) and I just directed him to some people that I knew and say hey this is how you handle it, be quiet about it,” O’Neal said. “I just talked to him like a big brother should. Even though he got out of control a lot of times, usually when people get out of control, they only shut their buttons off to people they respect. I know he respected me because I can get out of control too and I had to yolk him up once in a while.”
The Celtics have been counting on West to play as many as three positions, including backup point guard. But it became apparent during camp that he viewed Wafer as perhaps a threat to his playing time. The one-on-one game game Monday was an example of their competitiveness against each other.
West was away from the team Wednesday and the club did not practice Thursday. They are scheduled for another walkthrough at TD Garden before tonight’s game with the New York Knicks.