Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson enjoys solo trip to China

Rising NBA star provides guidance to high school players at All-Asia camp
by Aaron Lopez

When Ty Lawson visited China as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets in 2009, he had little time to walk among the people.

That wasn’t a problem during a solo visit three years later.

Lawson recently traveled to DongGuan, Guangzhou province to take part in Nike’s annual All-Asia camp. He helped provide instruction for 80 of the top high school players in Asia and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city.

“My favorite part about the trip was probably just going to the little shops and taking pictures with the people around there,” Lawson said. “We had a lot of fun.”

Nike has been sending its top young NBA stars to the All-Asia camp for the past 10 years. Having completed his first full season as Denver’s starting point guard, Lawson is certainly making a name for himself.

He averaged a team-leading 16.4 points and a career-high 6.6 assists in 61 games last season. He raised his play during the playoffs, averaging 19.0 points and 6.0 assists in Denver’s seven-game series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Across the globe in China, Lawson is gaining popularity.

“They had my posters all over the place,” he said. “They say players over there look up to smaller guys because they have somebody to relate to, so I was actually kind of big over there.”

Following his China trip, Lawson returned to Denver for a productive week of training at Pepsi Center. He spent time in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess and played full-court pickup games on the practice court.

Lawson then headed home to Washington, D.C., for an appearance at the All-Star Academy camp, which also featured Beltway-area NBA players Dante Cunningham of the Memphis Grizzlies and Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets.

Lawson planned to spend most of the summer training in Los Angeles before returning to Denver in advance of 2012-13 training camp.