Ramon Sessions has looked VERY solid in his 3-game debut in L.A. He has compiled a total of 31 points, 15 assists, and only ONE turnover.
Maybe he can help L.A. keep a lead by constantly feeding Bynum and Pau while setting up Kobe to do what he does. Kobe needs to play the post, both high and low and rest up for the playoffs.
With limited practice and at least a 5 seed locked up for the playoffs, I feel the Lakers almost have to start Sessions in order for him to get a feel with the team. Plus he's simply better than Steve Blake. I don't mind Blake getting starts though honestly.
According to reports, Mike Brown has said he's going to keep Sessions on the bench. I think this is insane.. Apparently his reasoning is to "give him time to learn the system". Sessions is a starting PG caliber player, I'm pretty sure he can wrap his mind around the 'system' while starting.. in fact, probably at a faster pace if he's starting games. The thing that blows my mind is that it seems when Brown has been quoted about that situation, he wants Blake to start through the rest of the regular season, giving Sessions time to learn the system, and then flip flop the two come playoff time. Maybe it's just me, but that seems like a terrible idea. Getting the team into a specific rhythm, and then flipping it come playoff time. And I just can't see Sessions coming off the bench through the playoffs. The whole situation baffles me a bit, but I'm just a spectator. And not even a Lakers fan, at that.
Due to the fact that the Lakers sorely need production from their 2nd unit, Sessions will continue to come of the bench. This is not an indictment of Sessions. He also is not a floor spacer. It works best with Blake starting and Sessions providing the punch off the bench....and I can guarantee you, you will rarely see Kobe and Ramon on the bench at the same time.
I agree with Surve, how is it insane? It's not like he's playing 15mpg. He's still getting a solid 24-26 minutes per game and his minutes have been increasing with each game. It's normal for new players to ease into a different system, what's the rush? The Lakers are going to make the playoffs anyway, that's when they really need him.
What's the rush?
By the way, he has FOUR turnovers in three games, lmao
mike brown has always been that kind of coach unable to take a risk to get a better reward.... he always played security. He's a solid coach but unable to make great adjustments (whereas carlisle is : barea ?)
that's why he played iso almost every possession in cleveland and never managed to create some system to make leBron better.
That's where he's been the majority of his NBA career. They are putting way too much pressure on this guy. Are they supposed to snap their fingers and he just suddenly replaces a 5 time NBA champ proven veteran?
Lakers need to hire Nate Mcmillan ASAP
Mike Brown is a good coach. I dont think he is a "get you to the next level" coach. Still, I dont have a problem with him bringing Sessions off the bench. I think he knows what he is doing there. Unless you are CP3 or Deron Williams, I dont think you just come in and auto-start. Even sometimes players are forced to play or start because of their contracts. Its like a guy making $100k sitting in a cube in the same department where a guy is making $60k with an office. My point is, Sessions was basically a good player that they got for free....so there is no pressure from management to start him immediately. Bring him along slow, then come playoff time, we will see how the lineups gel.
When said proven 5time champ is Derek Fisher, I think they could put over half of the backups in the L and get similar to better production than Fish. So yeah, there really isn't any pressure on Sessions to ouplay the bar that Fish had set this year and last. This year, Fisher was barely on the level of a good college guard. His shot simpply wasn't there and his defense left years ago. As for Blake, I understand the idea of keeping the dynamic that has been used so far of keeping a floor spacing guard beside of the KGB, but eventually the gamble will have to be taken. But for now, as long he produces is some positive manor, I'm Ok with Sessions playin around 28mpg a game and giving Blake around 20.
Sessions may not be starting, but come playoffs he'll play starters minutes and be on the court at the end of games, which really matters.
Even with starters minutes Brown is making a crucial mistake not starting Sessions. Brown has heard of the player option right? If they want to keep Ramon, he needs to start and that is the bottom line. He wants to be the general at the point on his own team and he deserves it. There is no advantage to bringing him off the bench.
Do you honestly think Mike Brown is thinking about the player's option on Ramone Sessions' contract lol? He's thinking about trying to win a championship.
It makes sense to keep bringing him off of the bench, which Surve made a great point above. They need scoring/spark off of the bench and he's not really the floor spacer that Steve Blake is. Will Sessions end up starting? Probably, however I don't think it's really all that important. I mean, he's going to play big minutes regardless.
In todays game against Dallas
Blake 1-6, 3 pts, 2 assists (-9) on floor
Sessions 7-8, 17pts, 9 assists (+28) on floor
Man, what a game. He really controlled tempo and the offense. He makes the game easier for everyone. Leegoo! Good to sweep the Mavs after last season...
The Sessions contract point is a valid one. First, the Lakers will be a better team when Sessions is starting because he is going to play down the stretch in games anyway. The kid has a never ending motor and can play over 40 minutes a game at an extremely fast pace without issues. So the Lakers having the worst bench in the league is not a problem because they will certainly score more points from the starting rotation. Blake should only play 10-13 minutes a game tops. Second, there are no guarantees in the playoffs and anything can happen. Yes the Lakers want and really need to win now, and the best way to do that is to have Sessions for more than just half a season. If he likes it there and lets say Kobe has 3 really good years left, he is a huge addition to their team. So if Brown isn't thinking longer term, and in this case longer term is just more than some 20 games left this season and playoffs he is making a mistake. All that aside, if Sessions really is coming off the bench because he doesn't know the offense, I see no problem with that for now.
Ramon Sessions did look pretty good there.
i hope thwy'll help L.A. keep a lead.
i hope i'll see it with my own eyes the next time.
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The idea isn't who starts games, but who finishes. That's Sessions.
I don't watch the Lakers, but given their current PG situation, how doesn't Ramon Sessions already start for them?
i dont think Sessions can do better in his position, Lakers need to trade for a better playoffs.
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