DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson agrees when people say he might be the fastest man in the NBA. He thinks he might be in the Top 5, at least.
“I’d probably say Derrick Rose, John Wall and probably T.J. Ford,” Lawson told CBS4′s Vic Lombardi on Xfinity Monday Live! “They’re pretty fast.”
The Nuggets had just returned from a great road trip, winning four games in five nights. The team’s plane malfunctioned on their way to Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony’s New York Knicks. The team didn’t arrive until 6 a.m. game day. Lawson said he probably only got about 5 hours of sleep.
“We woke up early, had a shoot-around, we had another 2 or 3 hours of sleep and we were back at it,” Lawson said.
Lawson said it wasn’t awkward facing his former teammate, Anthony.
“He’s my favorite player, you know, a cool friend. We talked before a little bit and then got back to business. We had to beat him so it was all business on the court,” he said.
The Nuggets ended up beating Melo’s Knicks 119-114 in double-overtime on Saturday night.
Lawson talked about the Nuggets’ success on the recent road trip in the video below:
It seems to be a different player who steps up for the Nuggets each night — they seem to be that deep.
“It’s hard to guard that. It could be me, it could be Danilo (Gallinari), (Al) Harrington. It’s hard to guard that. You can’t form a structure off of that.”
When Lawson is running the team on the court, he’s going as fast as he can and he says that’s how head coach George Karl wants it.
“All the time, and when we’re going too slow, he’s going to let us know. So my job is to keep everybody motivated and running fast down the court and make sure everybody’s scoring.”
Recently Karl commented on why he appreciates Lawson’s play.
“There are very few basketball players who play at the speed that Ty plays at, maybe three or four guys. He’s not a turnover guy, he’s not a guy who makes mistakes,” Karl said. “He plays at a pace and aggressiveness that very few point guards play at … I think we’re going to reap a lot of rewards because of it.”
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Speaking of Karl, Lawson took some time to talk about his coach’s health after Karl’s recovery from throat cancer. It’s now been 2 years since the cancer scare.
“He’s doing good, he’s walking around smiling and telling jokes; they might not be funny, but he’s telling jokes,” Lawson said. “You can tell he’s a fun-loving guy just having fun out here.”
Currently Devin Harris of the Utah Jazz holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest dribbler from base line to base line. Lawson said he’s going to try to break Harris’ record.
“I’m going to try to; actually I know I’m going to break it,” Lawson said with a laugh.
Watch more of the video with Lawson in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.