Despite playing in only 62 games last season, Ty Lawson had one of the best years of his career. He averaged almost 18 points and nine assists a night, each of which were career highs. Unfortunately, Lawson’s personal success did not translate into team success, as a shorthanded Denver Nuggets team failed to make the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Lawson, he hasn’t been able to start improving for next year yet, as an ankle injury he suffered late last season is still bothering him.
“I still can’t run,” Lawson said by phone from Valencia, Spain, for NBA 3X, a 3-on-3 tournament sponsored by the league. “They said it’s no surgery, just another three or four weeks just staying off of it, not really doing too much and it should be fine.”
“I didn’t think it was that bad, either, until seven weeks after it happened and I still couldn’t run,” Lawson said. “So I was like, ‘I need to get this checked out.’ “
Neither an X-ray nor an MRI showed any structural damage in the ankle, and Lawson was told to continue to rest it for the rest of June. Lawson expects to begin his full offseason conditioning in July, with a regimen that will include UFC-style workouts in California with Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.
Lawson is one of the quickest guys in the league, so he’ll need his ankle to be in top shape to play the way he does. For right now this isn’t that big of a deal considering the Finals haven’t even started. As long as Lawson isn’t still dealing with this issue come training camp, it should be forgotten about by next year.