Ty Lawson struggling to adjust to play in Lithuania

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Deron Williams is not the only American point guard finding playing in Europe is not so easy.

Nuggets point guard of the future Ty Lawson is finding the going rough in the Lithuanian league, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

Ty Lawson is still struggling in Lithuania. Today, he went scoreless in six minutes of action for Zalgiris Kaunas.

The NBA players heading overseas right now come with a target on their back. Combine that with the referees allowing a far more physical style of play and a very different offensive style and you will have guys finding the adjustment harder than they expected.

The level of play in Europe is good. This is not some cakewalk for guys heading over there. But it’s all good because Lawson has this sweet ride while in Europe.

Don’t read anything into these struggles, Lawson will come back after the lockout and pick up right where he left off. This is his comfort zone, he will be fine. (Well, except for half his team is now in China.)

Ty Lawson signs to play in Lithuania during lockout

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Ty Lawson is taking a Lithuanian vacation.

Lawson will join Sonny Weems as both have signed with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league to play during the lockout, as tweeted by DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony (and he got it from this Lithuanian publication, which you can Google translate at your leisure).

Lawson has a seven-figure deal with an opt out clause to return to the Nuggets whenever the lockout ends, Givony reports.

Zalgiris is the defending Lithuanian league champion and a team playing in the EuroLeague. This is the team run by newly minted Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis and also includes Summer League sensation (and former St. Mary’s star) Omar Samhan.

With a backcourt of Lawson and Weems, Zalgiris is going to have one of the most athletic backcourts in all of Europe.