Ty Lawson received a stream of text messages from his Denver Nuggets coach all summer asking the same thing: Are you leading right now?
Leading? The speedy point guard was typically sleeping, since George Karl fired off most of the messages in the middle of the night.
Still, Lawson understood his point. For the Nuggets to take another step forward, Lawson has to step up and take charge.
So on Monday at media day, Lawson made sure no one would sleep on the Nuggets, pronouncing his team the one to beat in the Western Conference.
A rather bold statement for sure, given the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers picking up Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason.