Sunday, November 9, 2008

In case you were wondering about D-West's new tatoos

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 4:44 AM

click to enlarge D-West tattoos

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There was some speculation about David West's new tattoos after Hornets media day. But what caught my eye recently was the two new ones he's sporting on the back of his calves that read "Carpe" and "Diem". For you non-Latin majors out there, the words mean "seize the day" and they're much more than just a arbitrary mantra West has for himself.

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West got the tattoo over the summer after his college coach at Xavier, Skip Prosser, died (it should also be noted that Prosser coached James Posey, Chris Paul and a slew of other future NBA stars). "Carpe diem" was one of Prosser's many mantras and the one that stuck the most with West.

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"That was the first thing he taught me," West said. "I thought it was a great way to approach everything in life."

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So it turns out that the tattoos is just West's way of paying tribute to his deceased mentor. But why did he put them on the back of his calves?

-"I have no clue," he admitted. "It's just one of the spots that haven't been tatooed yet."

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West said that next up to be tattooed are his chest and abs. And you can put good money on me being the first to break the news behind their backstories.

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