Former NBA star Ty Lawson will play for Kolossos this season
After a solid NBA career, Ty Lawson has moved to Europe where he is a big name. He has signed with Kolossos in Greece where he will spend the season. He was stuck in China for a while but this move to Kolossos was in the works in the early months of 2021.
Now that Lawson is allowed to make the move from China to Greece, he has signed a full deal with Kolossos. During his time away, Lawson has managed to train his body to remain in game shape so he can stay locked in for the eventual signing.
Before Lawson moved to the CBA, he played in 587 NBA games which were mostly played for the Denver Nuggets. He played 435 games for the Nuggs and the rest were scattered around the league with stints in Houston, Indianapolis, and Sacramento before he decided to step away.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Lawson introduced himself to the European scene when he joined Zalgiris Kaunas. This plays a big role in him signing with Kolossos because when he played for the Lithuanian powerhouse, he met Ilias Kanzouris. He is now Kolossos’ head coach and met Lawson because he was an assistant coach with Kaunas at the time.
Back in May, Lawson already knew that he wanted to go to Kolossos to reunite with one of his former coaches. He said, ‘I was trying to come to Kolossos but China would not let me out of the country for four or five months. I have been trying the visa, work visas, it was a long process. I wanted to come and play. I am here now, so I might go visit Kolossos, Rhodes, see how it is while I am here’.
Now, the deal has come true and it looks like the veteran guard is ready to prove his doubters wrong. Even if he’s older now, he still has the mix of speed and shooting which will be beneficial for him in the European game. This style favours slower players but if he can use his speed to take advantage of his opponents, you can expect Lawson to be a big-time player for Kolossos.
Words: Cholo Martin