May 16, 2012 |
The early image of Ramon Sessions zooming up the court and creating in transition quickly evaporated. Instead, it's been replaced with a tentative point guard who has an inconsistent shot, occasionally attacks the basket and rarely creates offense. Then there's his defense of quick, opposing point guards. For all the hand-wringing over Derek Fisher 's getting burned on pick-and-rolls, Sessions has hardly fared much better. The result: The Lakers so far has lacked the consistent point guard production they need in the postseason.
April 13, 2012 |
Two days after feeling additional pain in his sprained left shoulder, guard Ramon Sessions described the shoulder before the Lakers-Nuggets game Friday as "good. " "The shoulder is feeling the best it has felt," he said. Sessions says he hardly felt that way during the Lakers' 98-84 victory Wednesday over the San Antonio Spurs. After taking a blow to the shoulder, Sessions sat out with 3:05 left in the third quarter and later returned for the final 6:30 of the game. He appeared tentative during that stretch, logging only one field-goal attempt and an assist.
April 3, 2012 |
In the middle of several nights, Ramon Sessions woke up dazed and confused. He then searched around his Manhattan Beach residence, wondering about his pet dog's whereabouts. Sesh, his 6-month-old Staffordshire terrier, wasn't there, though. The dog remained in Cleveland for nine days with Sessions' cousin after the Cavaliers traded him to the Lakers. It turns out Sessions' arrival to the Lakers involved much more than learning the offense, playing with new teammates and getting settled in a new area.
March 15, 2012 |
The Lakers have acquired a point guard to help them in their playoff push, trading for Cleveland's Ramon Sessions, according to an NBA official. The Lakers sent forward Luke Walton, forward Jason Kapono and their 2012 first-round draft choice to the Cavaliers for Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga. Sessions became expendable in Cleveland after the Cavaliers made rookie Kyrie Irving their starting point guard. Sessions, who turns 26 next month, was averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavaliers.
March 23, 2012 |
Even if Ramon Sessions has only provided a four-game sample size, it's safe to make a few conclusions about his 12 points on 56.7% shooting and six assists in 25 minutes. 1. The Lakers execute their offense with faster efficiency. The Lakers appear far more prolific in running pick-and-roll sets. According to Synergy Sports Technology , the Lakers generated only 10.9% of their offense through P&Rs before Sessions' arrival. Since then, Sessions runs the offense through pick-and-rolls on 53.4% of his possessions and converts on 52.4% of those plays. The same difference applies to the Lakers' transition game.
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.
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.
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.
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.