In a game where all Lakers starters score in double digits, you have to believe that team basketball exists in this Lakers organization once again. The main contributing factor to this new awakening is the recent pick up of Ramon Sessions.
Sessions finally got his start since being acquired to L.A. against the visiting Trailblazers Friday night and he made the most of his 35 minutes earning his first Laker double double scoring 20 points and dishing the rock for 11 assists.
When was the last time the entire first unit scored in double digits? In fact when was the last time a Laker pg recorded a double double? Better yet, when was the last time a Laker pg outscored Kobe?
Sessions is making it awfully easy for Laker fans to forget that they've just lost their veteran co-captain and team mentor of twelve seasons. In just five games Sessions is already averaging 13.6 points and 7 assists.
His game log shows escalating minutes which simply equate to escalating numbers. Keep him in the game coach!
Ramon is quick, I mean quick, and has great court vision. He sets the offensive tempo fast forward, almost reminiscent to D'Antoni's Suns years back. Sessions has quickly learned the system and in recent games you can see him more communicative which is gaining his teammates respect in doing so.
He's making wise choices with his passes and is giving up open shots for inside penetration passes that lead to easy two's. He's made several passes that led to turnovers but I personally think they were right on the money. I just think the players aren't use to passes like his.
Its plain and simple, Ramon Sessions makes this team a lot better and I think Kobe is starting to realize that as he only shot the ball 17 times tonight and seemed to be okay with his newest teammate outscoring him. Kobe was also extra animated in the closing seconds of tonight's win. It was as if he just won his 6th ring. Hopefully he knows something we don't.
The fans have instantly fallen in love with Sessions because he's boosted this once questionable Lakers team into a now championship caliber Lakers team.
You have to give thanks to the organization, specifically Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak for essentially stealing Ramon Sessions right before the trade deadline. The Lakers sent their own 2012 first-round draft pick and forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono for Sessions and Eyenga.
Photo credit: AP 2012-03-23