Jun 2, 2014 8:28 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
The left ankle injury that cost Nuggets guard Ty Lawson the last six games of the 2013-14 season turned out to be worse than originally thought.
"I still can't run," Lawson said by phone from Valencia, Spain, for NBA 3X. "They said it's no surgery, just another three or four weeks just staying off of it, not really doing too much and it should be fine."
Lawson averaged career-highs in scoring (17.6 per game) and assists (8.8 per game) last season, but played in only 62 games - the second-fewest of his career - as he dealt with numerous injuries. Although the left ankle sprain forced him to miss the last 10 days of the season, it did not appear to be a high-grade sprain.
"I didn't think it was that bad either until seven weeks after it happened and I still couldn't run," Lawson said. "So I was like 'I need to get this checked out.'"
Neither an X-ray nor an MRI showed any structural damage in th ankle, and Lawson was told to continue to rest it for the remainder of June.
Lawson expects to begin his offseason conditioning fully in July, with a regimen that will include UFC-style workouts in California with Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.
Lawson says he's taking charge of his conditioning this season in a way he's not done in previous years.
"Normally, I'm not going to say I take it easy, but this summer I'm going to go hard at it and see what happens this next season," Lawson said. "I'm going to be in the gym 24/7 this summer. I want to come into training camp in better condition, better shape. I don't want to lose weight, probably just tighten it up, that's about it."