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How fast is he?

Ty Lawson is so fast ... that he's the Nuggets' best shot at dethroning the Lakers

Updated: February 25, 2010, 9:45 AM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine
Ty LawsonMelissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesTy Lawson has had a great rookie season for the Nuggets.

This article appears in the March 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Ty Lawson is so fast ... that when he was 4 he matched his age in goals in his first soccer game for the Andrews Air Force Base Terminators. Makes sense. His mom, Jackie Lawson, was the anchor leg on her high school relay team. But even she had trouble keeping up with her son as the Terminators' videographer. "If you blinked, you missed something," she says. "He'd take the ball from one end to the other and score."

Ty Lawson is so fast ... that at 11 he joined his dad, George Lawson, a tech sergeant at Andrews AFB near DC, for airmen's pickup games. "At first, nobody wanted him," says George. "At the base, guys stand on the side and talk trash while you're playing. But Ty just killed one guy. Then it was, 'Yeah, I'll pick the young fella.'"

Ty Lawson is so fast ... that standard modes of transportation cannot satisfy. "I used to ride my moped down a steep hill near my UNC apartment," Lawson says. "That scooter supposedly went only 35, but I swear I could get it up to 60." His amusement park ride of choice? The Joker's Jinx at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, Maryland. "Zero to 60 in three seconds," he says.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer