Nuggets Prez Says Ty Lawson Reeked Like Alcohol At Practice

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson has found a new home with the Houston Rockets, after the Nuggets traded him days after he was arrested on his second DUI this year.

Now that he's no longer on the team, Denver Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke recently opened up about the guard's drinking problem.

While speaking with Yahoo Sports, Kroenke says Lawson's drinking was so bad... it was affecting his day job.

"He always had an affinity for burning the candle at both ends," he said. "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.

"Ty ... there were times when he 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. You know there is probably deeper issues than he would probably let on."

Since being arrested in Los Angeles earlier this month, Lawson has entered a 30-day treatment program in Malibu, Calif., after which he's been ordered to use a stationary blood-alcohol monitoring device ... in his DUI case in Denver, stemming from an arrest in January.

Hopefully, the 27-year-old can overcome his personal issues.