The Rockets traded a bunch of spare parts to the Nuggets for Ty Lawson in July, and the deal was a worthwhile gamble for a team that needed an upgrade at point guard. But Lawson came with some serious baggage: he had just been arrested for his third DUI violation, and second in a six-month period. Basketball implications aside, he has a serious problem, and the Rockets were banking on his getting help and resolving his personal problems. Lawson is currently in a 30-day rehab program for alcohol addiction, and Rockets GM Daryl Morey is confident that things are going well.
“We take those very seriously,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “He’s had some very serious incidents in his past and in his recent past. We feel like he’s part of the Rockets family now and through our conversations with him we feel confident he’s getting the help he needs and he’s taken that step to say this is something he needs to do is improve on those areas.”
Hopefully for everyone’s sake — the Rockets, but especially Lawson and his loved ones — he’s able to stay on track. This is more important than basketball.