This was the first year that the NBA’s All-Star break was extended, with most teams having a full week off from team activities as the league held its annual midseason exhibition.
For Ty Lawson, however, it wasn’t quite enough.
Lawson was a no-show for Nuggets practice on Wednesday, and head coach Brian Shaw was less than pleased.
Lawson was coming from Las Vegas, where the day before he posted a picture of himself on Facebook. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was not happy with the unexcused absence.
“We had a week off or nine days between games, and you expect everybody to be here,” Shaw said. “It disrupts the planning of everything, in terms of you count on somebody in practice. But he’s not here so we had to go without him.” …
Lawson is the Nuggets best player, their most productive player, but he has trouble throughout his career staying on the right track. Shaw didn’t know Lawson wasn’t in the building until the players reported to the practice court and Lawson failed to show. He had not contacted the team telling them he would be a no-show.
Lawson is one of many Nuggets available in trade, and Shaw may be gone once the season is finished. The most recent report has Denver trying to move Lawson, and is targeting George Hill of the Pacers.
It could have been a simple travel error on Lawson’s part, but the lack of communication with his head coach could be a sign of disrespect. Either way, Lawson wanted to ensure that he made it clear publicly that it had nothing to do with his teammates.