With a shocking trade deadline move like losing Derek Fisher for a quicker pg in Ramon Sessions, one would think that a player big enough to dismiss a twelve and a half Laker season co-captain veteran would at least be getting his starting role right? Wrong.
It appears that coach Brown will start Steve Blake over Sessions because "Its a process".
Dave McMenamin from ESPN.com recently covered this story and wrote this [excerpt]:
Steve Blake started at point guard Friday in the Lakers' 97-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, finishing with zero points, six assists and zero turnovers in 29 minutes, while Sessions had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes.
Last night in 26 minutes against the visiting Utah Jazz Steve Blake mirrored his points total of zero and had two assists with two turnovers while Ramon Sessions with just 22 minutes coming off the wood finished his second game as a Laker with ten points, six assists and zero turnovers.
Now just imagine Sessions with starter-like minutes.
Mr. McMenamin continues...
Sessions, 25, averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 assists in 24.5 minutes per game this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blake, 32, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.6 assists in 24.8 minutes per game this season for the Lakers.
Its clear that Sessions is the bigger contributor so why isn't he replacing Blake at the starting one? The Lakers can't afford to acclimate him coming off the bench while the team suffers as a whole meanwhile. Sessions is getting paid $4.3 million to learn the system as a starter just like any entry position sales person would be paid pennies (in comparison) to meet an unimaginable monthly goal while learning to sell the product out in the field. If he doesn't make anticipated projections then he's simply canned. It's business right? If Sessions doesn't learn the new system as a starter THEN make all the necessary changes.
It's sink or swim time with just 21 games left in the season. The Lakers need Sessions to start so they don't lose to teams like the Utah Jazz who aren't even in playoff contention. Stop this, "It's a process" shit coach. Its going to be a much bigger process if you continue to take the slow and steady route and jeopardize meeting certain expectations especially with a faster back court now.
Wasn't all of the preseason drama with almost losing Gasol and ultimately losing Odom as a residual effect because of the organization wanting to make drastic changes to remain a deep postseason contender?
Why stop now? The organization has done what fans have been debating all along, cut Fisher for a quicker point guard. The bold move has been made. What better way is there to have butt hurt fans quickly forget about Fisher than to have them see how well Sessions plays as a starter?
It all comes down to this and box score stats from the previous two games prove this - A system-knowing Blake is not as good as a system-learning Sessions.