Ty Lawson was a fan favorite during his three years in North Carolina, but it seems that the former goalkeeper has lost some love for his alma mater.
Lawson posted an enigmatic message in his Instagram story on Monday, in which he seemed to be calling UNC coach Roy Williams.
"Who talks about- someone who won a championship for them …", Lawson wrote in his Instagram story. "(You are) weird … I received messages from 10 NBA GMs saying it came out of your mouth … That's why I don't f— with Carolina or support anything you do."
"It's a blessing that I don't open my mouth about s-," continued Lawson in a second post. "They ask me why I don't show love to North Carolina … Roy Williams knows why."
Lawson topped the nation's No. 1 class in 2006, when he, along with Wayne Ellington and Deon Thompson, pledged to join Williams and Tar Heels. In his first year, Lawson obtained an average of 16.6 points in 53.2% of field shots and 47.2% of 3 points, in addition to 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals. He was named ACC Player of the Year and took North Carolina to the 2009 National Championship, setting a game record with eight steals in the final against Michigan.
In a recent poll on the UNC Basketball Twitter account, Lawson was voted fan favorite guard in the show's history, beating Joel Berry in the final. Other esteemed players on the list include Phil Ford, Kenny Smith, Raymond Felton, Ed Cota, Larry Brown, Marcus Paige, Coby White and Cole Anthony. This is a pretty impressive list for Lawson to be at the top, so it must be shocking for Tar Heel fans to see him come out so strongly against Williams and the show.
What's also interesting is that Lawson retweeted the above tweet, so maybe his meat is strictly with Williams. After all, Lawson has made several posts on Instagram in recent years to support Tar Heels, especially when the team disputed the national title in 2016 and when they won everything in 2017.
There is no evidence of what Williams could have said to the NBA GMs about Lawson, or even when he said that. Lawson, stopped at a tiny 5-11, fell to the Timberwolves with the 18th overall choice in the 2009 NBA Draft and was promptly traded for the Nuggets. Most assumed that his fall was due to his size and frequently injured ankle (he lost the ACC tournament that year and had to play with a boot during the Tar Heels championship race in March).
Still, his career got off to a promising start in Denver, serving as a quality backup for Chauncey Billups for a season and a half. Eventually, Billups were sent to the Knicks at Carmello Anthony's trade, allowing Lawson to become the holder. On April 9, 2011, he set an NBA record by becoming the first player to make his first 10 attempts at 3 points to start a game. For four consecutive seasons from 2011-12 to 2014-15, he averaged over 15 points and six assists per game, almost an average of twice the double of last season with 15.2 points and 9.8 assists per game. At 27, it looked like he was entering his prime.
Instead, he played just two more seasons in the NBA. He was negotiated with Rockets to start the 2015-16 campaign. Initially, he received the nod as a starting point, but after Kevin McHale was fired, interim coach J.B.Bickerstaff took him to the bench. A month after sitting on the bench, he served a two-game suspension in December after his plea of guilt in November for driving with a disability. He was later suspended further in January for three games for a separate DUI incident that happened in July 2015.
The Rockets dismissed him on March 1, 2016, on a purchase contract and, six days later, he signed with Pacers, but struggled to get consistent minutes when dealing with another ankle injury.
Next season, Lawson signed with Kings, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He recorded his first triple-double career on April 11, 2017, with 22 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a victory over the Suns. But that was Lawson's last full season in the NBA. He played the following year at the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shandong Golden Stars, where he averaged 25.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game in 46 games.
On April 12, 2018, Lawson signed a contract with the Wizards to back up John Wall in his postseason season. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 assists in 19.2 minutes per game, while Washington lost to the Raptors in six games in the first round.
Lawson's out-of-court issues that plagued the height of his NBA career date back to his time in North Carolina. In August 2008, in the fall of his last season in North Carolina, Lawson, who was 20 at the time, pleaded guilty to drinking and driving minors after registering a 0.03 blood alcohol level during a traffic stop. in Chapel Hill.