Ty Lawson suffered a left ankle injury toward the end of the regular season, and he’s still not close to being fully recovered. From The Denver Post:
“I still can’t run,” Lawson said by phone from Valencia, Spain, for NBA 3X, a 3-on-3 tournament sponsored by the league. “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 points per game) and assists (8.8) last season, but he played in only 62 games — the second-fewest of his career — as he dealt with numerous injuries. Although his sprained left ankle forced him to miss the last 10 days of the season, it did not appear to be a high-grade sprain.
Yet several weeks after the injury, his ankle was still swollen.
“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 the ankle, and Lawson was told to continue to rest it for the rest of June. Lawson expects to begin his full offseason conditioning in July, with a regimen that will include UFC-style workouts in California with Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.