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Ty Lawson — ‘I don’t think I’m an alcoholic’

Ty Lawson

For Ty Lawson, he has had an up and down career in the NBA. He was taken with the 18th pick in the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then was traded on draft night to the Denver Nuggets.

Many believed he could be a star in the league and for a while as he looked like he was on the right track. During the 2013-14 season, he was averaging 17.6 points per game and he was becoming a star.

But during the 2014-15 season, he had some issues in his personal life getting arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested again during the summer of 2015 for the same offense, which was the fourth time since coming into the NBA that he was charged.

He was then traded from the Nuggets to the Rockets and then signed with the Kings and with the Kings he had a probation violation. Since that point though Lawson has been working hard, and has stayed out of trouble. He recently opened up to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN about his drinking and he said he doesn’t think he has a problem.

“Everybody says I have a problem with drinking alcohol,” Lawson said. “I don’t really have a drinking problem. I don’t drink that much, to be honest. Only when I go out with friends [on occasion] … to clarify that, I don’t think I am an alcoholic at all. I am not.”

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh he has a problem,'” Lawson said. “I have heard that. I don’t know, actually, what people think about me in other locker rooms. Because, I mean, maybe [they think] I am a problem around the team. I’m not. I am probably one of the chillest guys ever.”

For Lawson now he is just trying to turn his life around and make himself a career in the NBA again. He is currently on the Washington Wizards and has been playing a role off the bench this postseason.