According to West, both instances involving James occurred in his final season with the Cavaliers, the 2009-10 season. West, who battled depression and suffered from a severe stress disorder, was a month removed from a weapons charge that was hanging over his head. I was under the impression that I was going to do nine years minimum.

The unknown of the outcome of that situation deeply tormented the guard. Everything I've ever dreamed of, the sweat and tears of what I worked for would all be wiped away." Basketball? The downheartedness along with the criminal charges were too much to digest.

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He had to get away and he asked the head coach at the time, Mike Brown, for his consent to spend a few days in his home state of Maryland to clear his mind.

Being sensitive to the distress West was going through, Brown permitted the getaway, even though it was right before practice was to start.

With the help of his teammates, they played integral roles in keeping West in the right frame of mind that year.

Sadly, the team would be broken up when James bolted to South Beach during the offseason.

It reached a boiling point; he lost it at the airport. I was concerned that my nieces and nephews wouldn't look at me the same anymore. I wasn't getting on." In his mind, his game was tailing off and he was carrying a huge weight he couldn't support. He just believed the team would be better off without him considering what he was dealing with.

"The bus pulled up to escort us to the plane and I just broke down crying. Fortunately, he never made it out of that airport alone.Although James was a key figure in how West coped with his depression, he admits they don't talk much.However, he says that doesn't mean a thing when it comes to their relationship."He sat with me in the locker room for like an hour and was rapping it up with me by giving me words of encouragement," West said. He left practice and sat with me for a while, just keeping me company.He later walked me down the stairs and said, 'D, I don't know where you're going or what you're about to do, but I'll be right here when you get back.' "My spirits were so high at that point.Shortly after, West was traded to Minnesota, where he was waived.