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By now everyone has heard that longtime Denver Nugget, point guard Ty Lawson was traded to the Houston Rockets just a few days ago. This comes on the heels of his second DUI arrest this year. The 6-year NBA 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. In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Nuggets President Josh Kroenke shared an interesting perspective on Lawson, claiming that he has struggled with alcohol abuse, even showing up to practice reeking of booze.
There were times when he was better than others. But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don’t want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell it.
Though the team was fully aware of his struggles, they made attempts to work with him through the process. But all of it came to ahead when he was arrested on his 2nd DUI in less than 6 months. That is when the team decided to part ways with him.
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. It creates a weird dynamic.
Lawson was dealt to Houston in exchange for Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou and a future first-round pick. Houston’s John Lucas, who specializes in helping players with personal off-the-court issues will be aiding Lawson in his efforts to get back on the straight and narrow.
Substance abuse and a millions in the bank are a bad mix. – Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)
As many expected, Ty Lawson has been dealt
Ty Lawson was the most promising part of the Denver Nuggets’ post-Melo/Iverson era, but a series of run-ins with the law have the former UNC standout on the move.
Just a week after news broke that he was arrested for his second DUI of the year, Ty Lawson has been shipped to the Houston Rockets, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
It’s certainly an upgrade for Houston, who has struggled with finding consistent offensive weaponry at the point guard position, alternating between spotty shooter and decision-maker Jeremy Lin, and the defensive minded Patrick Beverly over the past few seasons. Lawson averaged 15 points and just under 10 assists per game in 75 starts for a Nuggets team that didn’t make the playoffs.
In Denver, it certainly is disappointing news, but considering the Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay, widely regarded as the 2nd best point guard in this year’s draft, with their lottery 7th pick, it will certainly quell any potential controversy the Nuggets could’ve had on their hands.
It’s the off-season for both football and basketball, which means players are going to enjoy the few months they have to themselves. Denver Nugget’s point guard Ty Lawson is taking his fun a bit too far.
TMZ is reporting that the 27-year-old NBA veteran was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles last night. This is the second time that Lawson has been arrested for DUI this year.
Reports are that Lawson was pulled over by CHP for speeding on the 101 freeway early this morning, and officers determined that he showed signs of intoxication, so they gave him a field sobriety test.
Lawson has reportedly been on the trading block after the Nuggets appeared to draft his replacement last month, picking overseas standout Emmanuel Mudiay with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Lawson averaged 15.2 points and a career-high 9.6 assists per game this past season, but the Nuggets have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, and have never made it out of the first round during his tenure.
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