The comparisons to be made between basketball and football are limited. The former is a continuous game of barely-clad bodies, speeding balletically past each other to score over and over. The latter is a gridiron stop-start of bone-crunching brutality between men in veritable armor, where all points are hard-earned.
But an NBA point guard can certainly learn a lot from an NFL quarterback — the most stressful public position in America, just inches behind Commander in Chief. That’s why Denver Nuggets second-year coach Brian Shaw wants to take his team’s speedy young general, Ty Lawson, a few high miles over to Denver Broncos practice, where he can ostensibly learn from the very best in game management: Peyton Manning.
“I want to take him to a Broncos practice so he can see Peyton Manning and how he directs traffic, and how everybody falls in line behind him. But they only do that because they know the work ethic that he has and the time he puts in, and they respect that,” Shaw said at Nuggets training camp.
Lawson chimed in on the idea, too: “I definitely just want to see how he runs his team. To see whether he's yelling and screaming the whole time, or if he's just talking. What his tone is when he's talking to players. I want to see what his mindset is during practice.”
This isn’t the first time Lawson and football have been mentioned in the same news item. Just weeks ago, Lawson took to social media during a pitiful Dallas Cowboys defensive performance to clown on both the ‘Boys and Western Conference rival James Harden, the Houston Rockets superstar known, increasingly, for his own porous D.
Here’s Lawson’s unforgettable Instagram joke:
The Nuggets are looking to bounce back in 2014-15, after a rough 36-46 season in which they missed the playoffs. If sense of humor and non-traditional learning are any indication of court savvy, then Denver fans have plenty of cause for hope.
— John Wilmes
(h/t Matt Moore, CBS Sports)