Tyler Lydon begins Summer League with something to prove

Jul 06, 2018 | by Stephen Haynes, Poughkeepsie Journal

Tyler Lydon enters his second NBA season with a few important items on a figurative checklist, and with that comes a bit of pressure.

The Elizaville native, seven months removed from a knee operation that cut short his rookie year with the Denver Nuggets, must now prove he's healthy and demonstrate the improvements he's made since being drafted into the NBA last summer. And, with his contract not guaranteed beyond this season, it becomes imperative that he perform well.

On the bright side, though, at least he can focus just on basketball this time.

"There was a lot of emotion just coming off the draft, moving out here," Lydon told reporters after Tuesday's team practice, describing the frenzied weeks following his first-round selection last year and the start of NBA Summer League. "There was a lot going on. But now, I'm settled down. I feel really comfortable with where I'm at."

Lydon's prove-it season begins Friday with the Nuggets' Summer League team, which opens against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10 p.m. in Las Vegas.

The league runs through July 18, and the Nuggets have three scheduled games before the league championship tournament begins next Wednesday. Each team is guaranteed at least five games.

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