HoopsHype Ty Lawson rumors

March 1, 2014 Updates

Ty Lawson hasn't played in eight games and isn't returning to action Saturday night at Portland. When he's able to return from a fractured rib remains a question mark. But one thing's for certain, the Nuggets don't plan to shut him down. "No, I don't think so," coach Brian Shaw said Friday. "I think that you still want him to get back and play." Denver Post

"One thing that I've seen in his absence is that the guys kind of light up when he's out there," Shaw said of Lawson. "Not only on the court — when we're in the plane, we're on the bus, we're in the locker room, they kind of congregate around him. I think it's the same way on the court; they get a little bit more confidence when he's out there on the floor with them. That's something we're sorely missing right now." Lawson suffered the rib injury Feb. 8, late in the first half of a road game against Detroit. "When he's out there, it makes it easier for everyone else to do what they do, what their strengths are," Shaw said. Denver Post

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Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was held out of practice Tuesday due to a strained left rotator cuff. Lawson, who leads the team in scoring (17.9 ppg) and assists (8.9 apg), is listed as day-to-day. The Nuggets play at home against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Lawson suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Denver’s win at Sacramento on Sunday. He finished with a game-high 27 points and six assists. NBA.com

For the East and West all-star teams, coaches will be filling seven slots — two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards. That means Lawson has four chances to be selected for the West team. "I'd be very excited if they picked me," said Lawson, a North Carolina product who was a first-round pick in the 2009 draft. "I've been wanting to be an NBA all-star since I was 6 years old. To be part of the (All-Star Weekend) festivities would be incredible. I hope I can sneak in. If not, I'll just continue to work hard and make it next season." Denver Post

January 27, 2014 Updates

That doesn’t account for all the times Augustin simply beat Irving off the dribble, but he’s not alone. Just within the last three weeks, here are the point guards that have really hurt the Cavs: Denver’s Ty Lawson had 19 points and 11 assists (averages 18 ppg, 8.9 apg), Portland’s Damian Lillard had 28 points and 5 assists (averages 21.2 ppg, 5.8 apg), the Lakers’ Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 16 assists (averages 10.1 ppg, 9.1 apg), Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and 6 assists (averages 19.5 ppg, 6.3 apg), Utah rookie Trey Burke had 17 points and 6 assists (averages 13.5 ppg, 5.6 apg) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams had 33 points and 5 assists (17.5 ppg, 6.7 apg). Akron Beacon Journal

December 18, 2013 Updates

A recent hamstring strain slowed Lawson’s momentum after he averaged 20.9 points and 8.9 assists in November. He is starting to his legs back under him and is more concerned with helping his team win than earning All-Star recognition. “As the hype started building, my parents, my friends, everybody starting talking about it,” Lawson said. “The West is definitely tough for point guards. You have to win and also have good stats. Right now, I’m not trying to think about it. I’m just trying to win games. If it happens, it happens. I want to be an All-Star, but I care about our team winning more.” If it doesn’t happen for Lawson this year, Durant feels it’s only a matter of time. “He just started to become one of those guys you depend on as a point guard,” Durant said. “He’s eased his way to the starting lineup and now he’s turned into a star. Give it a few more games and you’ll start hearing Ty Lawson’s name all the time because he’s having a great season.” NBA.com

December 13, 2013 Updates

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is over a hamstring injury and officially set to go for Friday's game against the Utah Jazz. That's just in time to face a Jazz team that looks wholly different from the one the Nuggets beat on Nov. 11 in Utah — a victory that at the time kicked off a stretch of 10 wins in 12 games. Denver Post

December 12, 2013 Updates

If he doesn't experience any unforeseen complications, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is expected to return to action on Friday against the Utah Jazz after missing the last two games due to a hamstring injury, coach Brian Shaw said. "Barring any setback from practice today, I think he should be able to go tomorrow," Shaw said. Denver Post

December 10, 2013 Updates

So much has changed in just over a year. George Karl, the coach who crafted Denver's go-go identity, was let go. "I was just shocked at that," Ty Lawson, the team's point guard, says about Karl's firing. He was napping when a friend texted him that Karl was out. "I was like, 'Why?'" added Lawson. "He had just won coach of the year!" Grantland

December 8, 2013 Updates

Lawson is facing that transition. Defenses have homed in and closed in on him in a way he had not seen before in his NBA career. He has been identified as the most dangerous weapon the Nuggets have and the main reason his team wins games. Take Lawson out, opponents say, and your chances of beating the Nuggets rise tenfold. Lawson knows it. "I've seen way more attention," Lawson acknowledged. "Even from when I'm coming off the pick-and-roll, they are being more physical, trying to bump me off the lane or get the ball out of my hands." Then he got down to the thing that matters most. "I'm working on it," Lawson said. "So I can better prepare myself for it." Denver Post

November 26, 2013 Updates

After the Denver Nuggets surprisingly fired George Karl and hired Brian Shaw, everybody pondered the coming limitations lightning-quick point guard Ty Lawson would encounter outside of a structure-less offense rather than the untapped possibilities of playing within one. “I knew that everybody thought that I can’t play in a system where it’s come down and run a play,” Lawson told NBA.com on Monday night following his fourth double-double of the young season. “But I can.” Can he ever. “He’s an All-Star,” assessed Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who watched Lawson slice his defense in consecutive games Saturday and Monday for 39 points and 20 assists. “He and [Tony] Parker are probably the two best paint penetration guys in basketball, and so it’s a big problem, it’s a huge problem. His speed is always in play and he’s shooting high 30s [percent] from 3. So if you lay way off of him he pulls up and shoots it.” NBA.com

November 1, 2013 Updates

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson may have been a skeptic of the team's new offensive system and his role in it before the season opener, but he walked out of Sleep Train arena in Sacramento late Wednesday a believer. He walked out as excited about the possibilities as he has been since the start of training camp. "Me? I think things are bright for us," said Lawson, after the Nuggets' season-opening two-point loss to the Kings. "We've got a couple of people down (with injuries), and introducing a new system and playing in an environment like this, it was crazy. So, to have a showing like that, I feel like we have a bright future." Denver Post

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