Following the Pacers’ Game 2 victory in Miami, David West signaled to his team to leave the court and immediately cease their celebration taking place on the Heat logo in the middle of the floor. He knew there was no point in celebrating just one win and it would only add fuel to the Heat’s fire for Game 3. This is just one of the veteran qualities that West has brought to Indiana this year to lead their young squad to the playoffs.
Despite being one of the younger teams in the NBA and starting a 22, 25 and 26 year old, the Pacers have not let their youth get in the way. They have the maturity of a veteran team, and a lot of that can be credited to West. "He's our backbone," said coach Frank Vogel to Indy Star. "I don't know how else to say it. He's our leader. I can't say enough positive things about David West. I'm glad he is on our team."
West began his career in New Orleans, teaming up with Chris Paul in a rather effective duo. David West’s wife Lesley West took a page from him and paired up with Paul’s then fiancé Jada Crawley like their men did on court. His career in New Orleans ended on a down note, with West tearing his ACL just before the 2011 playoffs. Following that season, he signed with the Pacers despite being courted by the Celtics. While many people questioned his decision (read: Ray Allen), he very well may get the last laugh if the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.
At this time, we’d normally say “enough about him, what about her?,” except that Lesley doesn’t seem to want to share the spotlight with her husband. All we could find is that the couple has two children together, daughter Dasia and son David Benjamin.