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“He said what he needed to say and it is what it is. … Things happen we have no control over,” said Shawn Marion, who like Carter remained in Dallas instead of playing in Wednesday’s game. “I like Delonte. He’s got stuff he needs to work out with them (team management). … We’ve still got to go on and focus on our task at hand.”

West’s latest suspension came five days before the Mavericks open the regular season Tuesday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

The Mavs will start the season without Dirk Nowitzki, their 11-time All-Star who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Chris Kaman, their other 7-footer, is dealing with a strained right calf that makes him questionable for the opener.

“All these things happen, these are part of everyday life in the NBA,” Carlisle said. “We’ve got a lot of veterans that have been through situations where there have been injuries and all kinds of different things. You’ve got to just. The bus keeps going, got to keep soldiering on.”

Instead of lamenting the players not available, Carlisle said his team was going to push forward with the ones they have.

West was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland. Authorities say he was carrying three loaded guns and a knife when he was stopped for speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle in 2009.

West was a valuable role player for Dallas last season, even starting 33 games as the backcourt struggled with injuries before he was sidelined himself by a broken finger.

The Mavericks’ backcourt grew crowded in the offseason, though. Darren Collison was acquired from Indiana and is expected to start at point guard. O.J. Mayo, a shooting guard, signed as a free agent from Memphis and could be counted on heavily for scoring while waiting for Nowitzki’s return.

West played in all seven preseason games, averaging 5 points and 2 assists while playing nearly 18 minutes a game. The eighth-year pro was close to his career averages with the Mavericks last year, at 9.6 points and 3.2 assists.