Sessions on why he left LA

Sessions on why he left LA

Postby JSM on Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:17 pm

Marc J Spears of Yahoo wrote: These days, Ramon Sessions finds himself a long way from the bright lights and star-filled locker room of the Los Angeles Lakers. He's traded a starting job on the NBA's glamor roster for one on the NBA's worst team – and somehow that's just fine with him.

Sessions could have returned to the Lakers this season, but instead opted out of the $4.5 million final year of his contract to test the free-agent market. A concern of the Lakers trading him, a desire for more contract security and a chance to play near home have made Sessions comfortable with his decision to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bobcats.

"It wasn't hard," Sessions told Yahoo! Sports. "Myself being around the league for six years or so, five different teams, it is what it is. I'm not worried about [what people think]. As long as the name is still on the back of the jersey, that's what I'm worrying about."

Sessions spent his first 4½ seasons shuttling from the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as the D-League. The Cavaliers traded him to the Lakers at the trade deadline last season – just as the Lakers were sending veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets.

At the time, Sessions called his trade to the Lakers "a dream come true," and he didn't seem fazed by the pressure that came with it.

"I don't think it's pressure," Sessions said shortly after the trade. "If it is, I really enjoy it and thrive for that stuff. I'm a competitor. Right now, I'm at the highest stage you can play in, in the NBA being on a championship-caliber team and being the star point guard for it. It's definitely a challenge I look forward to."

Sessions, however, had never played in the playoffs before, and he eventually learned just how much of a challenge he was facing. He says a lack of practice time made it impossible to master all of the Lakers' plays by the time the postseason arrived. He averaged 11.7 points and four assists in the seven-game, first-round series against the Denver Nuggets. And in the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he digressed with four points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field and three assists total in losses in the first two games before logging an average of 10 points and 4 assists the last three contests as the Lakers were ousted.

"As a point guard I always like to know what's going on with everybody," Sessions said. "I was out there second-guessing myself like, 'Is he really going to be there?' Or, 'What spot will he be in?' It was different because I really didn't practice much with them."

Said Lakers coach Mike Brown: "It was not only his first playoffs, but he was starting for the Lakers. He was good at times and, at times, he wasn't."

Bryant also was extremely demanding of Sessions, several Lakers sources said. Bryant spoke positively about Sessions after the Lakers acquired the point guard, but sources said that once Sessions began struggling in the playoffs, Bryant lost confidence in him – and wasn't shy about voicing his displeasure.

"It's definitely different playing with a guy like him, a guy that's real competitive," Sessions said of Bryant. "On any night he could score 50 points. It was definitely an experience I will remember and learned a lot from."

Sessions said he had a positive postseason meeting with Lakers officials, but he still wasn't confident he remained in their future plans.

Worried that he could be traded, Sessions opted out of the final year of his contract. Even if he hadn't, Sessions believed the Lakers could have dealt him to get a marquee point guard in free agency like Steve Nash or Deron Williams in a sign-and-trade deal.

"It was one of those situations I looked at like, 'If I do come back what if they trade me?' " Sessions said. "There were talks about getting Deron. They always wanted the bigger-named guy. What if I get traded to a team and it's my contract year? It was one of those things that I can't say if I opted in, [Nash] wouldn't have come. They still might have tried to get him. You just never know."

Sessions said the Bobcats aggressively pursued him from the moment free agency began. Charlotte had the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106) during the lockout-shortened season. Still, Sessions enthusiastically agreed join the Bobcats, who are close to his hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C. New Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said Sessions will be counted on to lead this season. The Lakers have replaced Sessions with a veteran point guard who can live up to Bryant's demands in Nash.

"It's one of those things where I knew what I was getting myself into when I did it," Sessions said. "I signed with Charlotte and the past is the past."
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby The Rock on Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:35 pm

The Lakers were desperate in July for ANY kind of half decent PG to be on the team, even if Nash were here, Ramon would still have a big role with this team as the backup PG learning from Nash and saving his legs. He just made a really really bad choice, I understand playing next to Kobe and under Brown can be quite challenging, but he couldn't make the simplest of plays in the playoffs, if you're open shoot the ball and make it instead of hesitationg. Try harder on defense. He couldn't do the little things right
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Scnottaken on Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:36 pm

Couldn't he have signed after the Nash deal? He saw they were absolutely willing to spend, and getting a chance to actually WIN. . . I don't know, something smells fishy. Like a crooked agent or something.
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Postby trodgers on Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:08 am

That was an incredibly unrevealing interview, I thought. "It is what it is." "I'm not sure."
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Postby BDG on Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:21 am

Just seemed like a lot of dancing around the fact that he couldn't handle the pressure.

Wasn't any more complicated than that.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby noobiew on Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:44 am

He screwed it up, everyone know that Session first preference was always wanted to stay with the Lakers, his plan was to opt out trying to get a more lucrative, secured a long-term contact with the Lakers (aka similar contact like Blake got from the Lakers - 4 yrs 16 million), he was never wanted to leave the Lakers, he just wanted to lock in a new deal.

Think about it, no one was really thought that we had a realistic shot trade for Nash, Ramon thought that he would be the best available PG out there in the free agency and Lakers need a PG badly, so he was so confident to opt put. But in the end we successfully traded for Nash which shocked everyone, this included Ramon Sessions.

I never blame Ramon intention and understand why he do this but Mitch is the real BOSS !
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby noobiew on Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:03 am

By the way, imagine if we have Sessions coming off from bench to backup Steve Nash this season, it would have been so perfect. :man6:

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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:26 am

He left the Lakers for the Bobcats......end of story.

I'll say it again, he left the LAKERS for the Bobcats.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby GT-R on Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:32 am

He knew at the start of free agency the Lakers were going to try to get a big name point guard, but nobody imagine Nash would be available via trade. After the Lakers traded for Nash there was no chance he was going to come back. People who say there was a chance of him coming back need to look at the whole off-season picture to realize he was not going to come back after Nash was traded to the Lakers. Why would the Lakers sign another PG when they already had 3 PG's on the roster at the time and knew they had to take back some players from the Magic? It makes absolutely no sense to have a PG rotation of Nash, Blake, Sessions, Duhon, and Morris.

The Lakers had to decide between Hill and Sessions. They made the correct decision on re-signing Hill instead of adding another PG to the team.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby karacha on Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:44 am

He wasn't ready.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:46 am

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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Blahdeh Deebatz on Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:49 am

He was given the opportunity to rise to the challenge. He chose not to and chose a route with lower expectations. Not championship material.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby JGC on Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:18 am

He made the right decision by opting out. It wouldn't have made sense for him to pick up his option. Why would he do that?

But once he opted out, that made sure the Lakers would then go out and at least look for a better fit at the point, and they did.

While we was mentally weak, he didn't leave here because of that. He left for the one reason pretty much every player finds most important to them: Money.

But hey, it's ok. We got something WAY better.
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Postby Sean on Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:21 am

i remember mitch saying that if sessions had not opted out, chances are nash would not have been much of a thought
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby revgen on Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:23 am

10 million for 2 years or 4.5 million for 1 year. He made a business decision.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Rooscooter on Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:40 am

Yeah..... I can see his point.... Why risk being traded to a last place team when you can control your own destiny....... oh.... wait...
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby marklar20 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:15 am

i guess he makes more money vs. chance of winning a championship...Some players have different ambitions.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Magic Skywalker on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:19 am

Worried that he could be traded, Sessions opted out of the final year of his contract. Even if he hadn't, Sessions believed the Lakers could have dealt him to get a marquee point guard in free agency like Steve Nash or Deron Williams in a sign-and-trade deal.


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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby The Rock on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:28 am

Why be scared of trade possibilities if you just play well? Make yourself untradeable.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby LAKEROC on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:43 am

I probably would have taken the money as well. The life of an NBA player is on average 4 years, so you really want to maximize all the money you can. Even as a Laker fan, if Charlotte(which, by the way is a beautiful city) offered me twice as much money(and much lower living costs) then I'm out. I'm going with whoever pays me the most. Period.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:49 am

It all worked out for those involved. He got a more lucrative deal and we acquired Steve Nash. Best of luck to him, though...
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Lakerjones on Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:57 am

trodgers wrote:That was an incredibly unrevealing interview, I thought. "It is what it is." "I'm not sure."


^^ Agreed. I didn't get a better sense of the reasons at all. At the end of the day though he chose to opt out which allowed us to go after Nash. Just wish we could have kept Sessions somehow and moved Blake. Sessions would have been a terrific understudy to Nash.
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby GoldenKnight on Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:03 pm

So scared of the playoffs he made sure he wouldn't return at least for the next 2 years
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Re: Sessions on why he left LA

Postby Center Court on Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:31 pm

I don't want to sit here and rip him because I still think he'd be the ideal backup point guard now and as a starter (at the time) I was very happy having him in LA.

But, he failed. He claims he is super competitive and that he lives for the competition and that's where he draws his confidence from, but clearly he's fooling him self... He was a deer in the headlights when Westbrook was attacking him relentlessly...
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