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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

West skips Cavaliers' first practice

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Less than 24 hours after saying he was focused on basketball, Delonte West skipped Cleveland's first day of practice.

The Cavaliers' troubled guard did not show up for Tuesday's morning workout to the surprise of coach Mike Brown, and missed the evening session at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

General manager Danny Ferry said West, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, was not in any harm.

"Delonte is in Cleveland," Ferry said via e-mail Tuesday night. "He is addressing a personal matter."

West, who has battled depression and mood disorders for years, was recently arrested for gun possession in Maryland after police pulled over his three-wheel motorcycle for a traffic violation and found he was carrying three loaded weapons — two handguns and a shotgun in a guitar case he had on his back.

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