The Houston Rockets will be having another point guard next season as the Denver Nuggets reportedly agreed to trade the troubled Ty Lawson together with a 2017 second-round pick to the leaders of the Southwest division last season.
IT was no surprise to the Denver Nuggets when their star player Ty Lawson was arrested for a DUI in January.
I love Ty and will always love Ty, but once I saw him going down this dark path, we knew that we probably were going to end up in a situation where we were dumping him. We’re not going to be drill sergeants.
The article finishes with Kroenke reiterating his desire to see Lawson overcome his problems in Houston, but it’s still a sobering (if you will) reminder of how even the best athletes in the world can have their lives and career dramatically affected by their personal demons. You could smell it. I don’t want to go back too far.
It traded him five days after he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving on July 14. “It creates a weird dynamic”, he said. Kroenke realized that Lawson was fighting a battle that was much bigger than just basketball problems. Sometimes you just need to hear the message from a different person.
Karl was Lawson’s first coach when he entered the league with the Nuggets and was the one responsible for molding the point guard and helping him improve his game. We couldn’t look at this deal from any perspective but our own.
A team exec publicly saying damning things about a recently departed player is nothing new-it’s a good way to keep a potentially raging fanbase at bay-but given Lawson’s recent spate of DUI arrests, this doesn’t feel like Kroenke just throwing shit at the wall for PR purposes. Sometimes a change of scenery is the best thing for all parties. The 6-year National Basteball Association veteran has been a consistent contributor for the Nuggets during his career but now his off the court troubles are coming to the public spotlight. “I thought they knew that, but you find out how you find out”, he told 104.3 The Fan in Denver (via CBS Sports).