June 25, 2012 |
Within a three-month span, the Lakers went from having a bloated backcourt to one without a definitive starter at point guard. The Lakers upgraded their point guard position before the trade deadline by acquiring Ramon Sessions. Then they felt it was no longer necessary to keep Derek Fisher. Despite Sessions' instantly bolstering the Lakers' speed and pick-and-roll sets, however, he hardly provided the same clutch play in the playoffs that epitomized Fisher's value. And with Sessions declining his $4.55-million option last week to become a free agent, the Lakers are left wondering whether to try to settle with a far-from-developed player or start all over again in bolstering their backcourt.
May 30, 2012 |
This is the second in a series of posts grading the Lakers on their efforts in the 2011-12 season. Player: Ramon Sessions, Lakers guard How he performed : 12.7 points on 47.9% shooting and 6.2 assists in 30.5 minutes in the regular season; 9.7 points on 37.7% shooting and 3.6 assists on 37.7% shooting in 31.7 minutes in the playoffs. The good: Everything happened so fast for Ramon Sessions. The instant he walked on the Staples Center floor after being acquired in a trade from Cleveland, Sessions scored by driving to the rack.
March 15, 2012 |
The Lakers may not have acquired Net guards Deron Williams before the trade deadline as they had hoped, but they still managed to significantly improve their backcourt. The Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2012 first-round pick. The Lakers also traded Luke Walton and backup shooting guard Jason Kapono for forward Christian Ayenga, who played in just six games and spent time in the Development League. The front office deserves kudos for addressing the team's point guard needs without compromising its core roster of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
April 6, 2012 |
Three weeks before the NBA playoffs, the Lakers hardly appear in full health. Kobe Bryant watched Friday's morning shootaround while wearing a protective boot to protect his injured left shin, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. Center Andrew Bynum participated in most of the morning shootaround but left during free-throw drills for treatment on his sprained left ankle. Metta World Peace participated despite an unspecified ankle injury and Ramon Sessions was on the floor despite a sprained left shoulder and a jammed right index finger.
March 19, 2012 |
The moment Ramon Sessions hit the deck, Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts rushed to pick him up. After all, Sessions has become the Lakers' most prized possession. The moment Sessions runs the offense, finds an open teammates or drives to the rack, the crowd at Staples Center gazes in amazement. No Laker fan has seen this kind of speed when Derek Fisher played point guard. The moment Sessions details the varying lengths he's crammed about the offense, the reporters around him remain astonished.
April 15, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan profiles Ramon Sessions on how he has fit in with the Lakers thus far. Bresnahan also reports Sessions is expected to decline a player option for $4.6 million next season and become an unrestricted free agent, but he wants to stay with the Lakers. -- The Times' Ben Bolch mentions Mike Brown's return to practice Saturday and that Kobe Bryant probably won't play against the Dallas Mavericks. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr mentions Bryant's role in helping the coaches while he sits out. - -ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky previews the Lakers-Mavericks matchup.
March 24, 2012 |
Everything about Ramon Sessions appears to happen quickly. He runs the floor with unrelenting speed. Sessions has crammed enough of the offense in the last week that it now looks like a well-oiled machine. His debut as a starter in the Lakers' 103-96 victory hardly involved much of a transition period, as he posted 20 points and 11 assists. "I wouldn't say it's this fast," Sessions said. "But it's one of those things where you have those big three guys out there [in Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol]
May 7, 2012 |
The defenses continued scrambling. Denver couldn't leave Kobe Bryant open on the perimeter. After Pau Gasol set a solid pick that sent Danilo Gallinari flopping to the ground, the Nuggets couldn't leave the Lakers' forward open in the post. Yet there stood one man open behind the three-point line, ready to fire away. Once Gasol found him, Ramon Sessions drilled the open three-pointer, giving the Lakers' a three-point cushion with 48.1 seconds left. The defenses continued scrambling.
March 30, 2012 |
One big question for the Lakers leading into the trade deadline was whether they would upgrade at point guard. The answer seemed to come in the form of Ramon Sessions, whom the Lakers acquired from Cleveland for a first-round pick, Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and less than $1 million in cash. The Lakers noticed an impact right away with his quickness on the court. Coach Mike Brown and teammates appreciated how quickly he learned the offense. But Oklahoma City stole the Lakers' thunder Thursday night in a 102-93 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.