Ty Lawson happy to have ‘fresh start’ with the Rockets

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HOUSTON, TX- New Rockets point guard Ty Lawson recognizes being in Houston is a great opportunity.

"Everybody likes a fresh start," Lawson said at Rockets Media Day. "This is like the turning point, 'what career are you going to have, Ty?' It's going to be, are you going to win championships or be a mediocre player that's not winning."

The Rockets traded for Lawson in the offseason, despite the point guard having two DUI violations last year.

On the court though, his Rockets teammates see how valuable Lawson can be.

"He's going to help our team out so much," James Harden said. "He's going to take the pressure off me to handle the ball so much. I can run the lane as a natural two guard."

"Whatever I can use of his to get better at, that's what I'm going to use in my game," fellow point guard Pat Beverley said. "He led the NBA in assists last year, so he's doing something right."

The Rockets open up training camp on Tuesday.