Ty Lawson, the Nuggets starting point guard, spent the past few months in a strange land, missing America so much that when he returned from Lithuania, “I kissed the ground.”
But playing in a different culture taught him a valuable lesson:
“One thing I learned in Lithuania is confidence — Your confidence is everything. In Lithuania, you miss one or two shots, they’re taking you out. you miss two shots in a row, you’re on the bench. At first I started thinking – oh if you shoot this, they’re going to take you out. But I was like – whatever, keep shooting. The big thing I learned is confidence in yourself. Once I started doing that, I started playing a lot better and things started working out.”
A year ago, Ty Lawson was a backup point guard – now he’s the man. As a starter in 31 games last year, most of those after Denver traded Chauncey Billups to the Knicks, Lawson averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 assists.
Speaking of his starting role, the North Carolina pro...