The Houston Rockets' new point guard Ty Lawson recently took to Instagram to express views on his past organization. It appears that the former Denver Nuggets player is not exactly fond of his past employers and called out General Manager Tim Connelly and owners Josh and Stan Kronke as being "bad owners and GM's."
Lawson posted a photo on Instagram, pictured above, over the weekend showing him relaxing on a boat. A user named Shannon Dizmang, a supposed Nuggets fan, then called Lawson "a disappointment here in Denver" in the comments section. The user added that the player is "capable of so much more but the dude just didn't want to play. About every 20 or so games he would show up. If he would just play ball the way he does he would be making even more millions. #waste."
The commenter probably did not expect a response but Lawson did and said, "lol I wasn't a disappointment.... I did my job.. Tim Conelly and the kronke are bad owners and gm's." He then added, "I'm happy af I'm a rocket."
The 27-year-old, 5ft. 11in. point guard recently joined the Houston Rockets in the offseason trades. The abovementioned response is not the first time that Lawson's online behavior has sparked controversy. A few months ago he was shown smoking a hookah during a Livestream interview for the 2015 NBA Draft and mentioned that he was going to be sent to the Sacramento Kings.
Furthermore, Lawson also reportedly responded to Instagram comments back in April and said that he wished he could be traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
NBA enthusiasts do not see this latest gaffe as a great move for a player who has just emerged from an alcohol rehab program and has a bright opportunity in front of him. It is worth noting that both Tim Connelly and Josh Kroenke were publicly supportive of Ty Lawson during his struggles with alcohol.
Kroenke had previously spoken to Marc Spears of yahoo Sports and revealed the Nuggets' problems with Lawson after the trade deal was made. "He always had an affinity for burning the candle at both ends. We want to give our players freedom to be young guys as well. We're not going to be drill sergeants. But we want our guys to be able to handle their personal lives on their own. There were times when he [Lawson] was better than others. But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don't want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell it," Kroenke explained.
Even when reports of his Instagram responses has hit the web, Lawson seems to be unabashed. On Sunday, he posted a tweet that reads, "I love the Houston organization."
Shortly after his stint in rehab, the Denver Nuggets decided to trade off the troubled point guard and sent him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, and Kostas Papanikolaou along with a 2016 first round pick.