Delonte West didn't really give Gordon Hayward a "wet Willie" Monday night. That would have been gross.
Luckily for Utah's Hayward, there didn't appear to be any saliva involved when West poked him in the ear during the Jazz's 123-121 victory over Dallas.
So, instead of gross, the move by the Mavericks guard was simply immature. And thuggish. And despicable. And bewildering. Feel free to add your own adjective.
After the game, West insisted that Hayward had lint in his hair and he wanted to give him a “wet Willie.”
But, West also admitted, “I forgot the NBA is a gentleman's game.”
The bizarre move earned the Dallas Mavericks guard a technical foul but no ejection. It could have earned him a lot more from Hayward, who opted not to retaliate but simply threw his arms into the air.
“I wanted to fight right there, but you can't do that,” Hayward said before Tuesday's practice. “It wouldn't have been the smart idea. I'd risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There's more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win and we were able to do that.”