Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby BadCoaching on Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:17 pm

He was injured.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby dj vitus on Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:39 pm

Should we bring Nash off the bench then?
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby lakersin4 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:39 am

I didn't see it as a mistake until playoff time. Sesh was doing a great job leading our 2nd unit. Barnes was posting career numbers & our bench really had a spark. I think Ramon could have continued to do that in the playoffs. Leading the starters was just too much & he crumbled. You can't really blame Mike Brown. Let's be honest, NONE of us wanted to see Blake in the starting lineup. As I stated in my previous post, can't help but wonder how it would have went if we kept Fish instead of Blake. He may have kept that token starter role. But then we might not have been so desperate to hit a home run (more like a grand slam tbh). It all worked out in the end.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Lakerjones on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:02 am

Nope. Sessions was just a LOT better player than Blake, period. The more minutes he played the better. In fact I would have played him more minutes actually and Blake less than the 20 something he got every game.

Sessions could have been a very good player for us, especially if he stuck around and he could have played back up and learned the ropes behind Nash. It was Sessions and his agent's mistake to opt out instead of giving it a shot for a full year with the Lakers. He did disappear when it counted most here and that didn't bode well for him. Oh well. Good luck to him playing in Charlotte, I guess. Stupid decision, IMO.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby BadCoaching on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:08 am

Sessions wasn't so bad, a young guy thrown on a team with champions in the later part of the season. We all saw him get an injury, he had a hand and shoulder issue and never once did you see him whining about it like a lot of younger players would. Sure he overreacted in the playoffs, or lost control but he wasn't so bad in the grand scheme. I wish he'd have stayed I think he had a lot of untapped potential. He made a monumental mistake with his career leaving L.A. for what? Half a mill more for this season? I know it's a lot to many of us, but he has to invest in his skills too and I think he made a very very poor decision in that department.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Lakerjones on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:11 am

BadCoaching wrote:Sessions wasn't so bad, a young guy thrown on a team with champions in the later part of the season. We all saw him get an injury, he had a hand and shoulder issue and never once did you see him whining about it like a lot of younger players would. Sure he overreacted in the playoffs, or lost control but he wasn't so bad in the grand scheme. I wish he'd have stayed I think he had a lot of untapped potential. He made a monumental mistake with his career leaving L.A. for what? Half a mill more for this season? I know it's a lot to many of us, but he has to invest in his skills too and I think he made a very very poor decision in that department.


^^ I agree completely BC.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby The Original 81 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:20 pm

I think a big part of why Ramon left for Charlotte was so he could be closer to home. I think I heard him say that in an interview and he was born in South Carolina according to Wikipedia.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby The Rock on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:23 pm

His agent also has a lot to do with. As soon as the Nash trade went down, not even 5 minutes has gone and he posts on his twitter "Ramon Sessions will not return to the Lakers" and then later deletes it. I think Ramon enjoyed playing with us (not so much under Mike Brown), he just listened to what his agent wanted and made a poor decision.

He was just shell shocked in the playoffs on both ends, he would've been the perfect backup PG for Nash, learn from him and in 2 years take over when Nash is gone and continue his career with Dwight. But oh well
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:37 pm

he wanted starter minutes and when we signed nash he knew he wasnt gunna get it. he may get it sometime down the road but not on a championship team. his best chance was to stay here and learn from nash for 2-3 then he would have prob gotten the starter spot on the lakers. he was really good offensively and with passing he just needed to refine his skills and become more undercontrol.

he'll regret the decision to leave for the rest of his career. he could have learned from nash and kobe, 2 future hall of famers. every young PG is looking at him like hes crazy i bet.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Dratini927 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:00 pm

The Rock wrote:His agent also has a lot to do with. As soon as the Nash trade went down, not even 5 minutes has gone and he posts on his twitter "Ramon Sessions will not return to the Lakers" and then later deletes it. I think Ramon enjoyed playing with us (not so much under Mike Brown), he just listened to what his agent wanted and made a poor decision.

He was just shell shocked in the playoffs on both ends, he would've been the perfect backup PG for Nash, learn from him and in 2 years take over when Nash is gone and continue his career with Dwight. But oh well


This has ended up being a problem for a few other players we've had *coughArizacough*

These agents seem so manipulative for their own benefit, rather than what's best for the player sometimes.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby MadMax on Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:18 pm

Dratini927 wrote:
The Rock wrote:His agent also has a lot to do with. As soon as the Nash trade went down, not even 5 minutes has gone and he posts on his twitter "Ramon Sessions will not return to the Lakers" and then later deletes it. I think Ramon enjoyed playing with us (not so much under Mike Brown), he just listened to what his agent wanted and made a poor decision.

He was just shell shocked in the playoffs on both ends, he would've been the perfect backup PG for Nash, learn from him and in 2 years take over when Nash is gone and continue his career with Dwight. But oh well


This has ended up being a problem for a few other players we've had *coughArizacough*

These agents seem so manipulative for their own benefit, rather than what's best for the player sometimes.

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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Dratini927 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:26 am

^ True lol. Sometimes they can do like Meeks and stay/join for less to win a ring. Their choice at the end of the day. Unfortunately that mighty dollar bill is pretty powerful.
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby cthroatgtr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:31 pm

Let's be honest...Sessions didn't have to opt out and go for more money...if he doesn't maybe the Lakers don't get Nash. Maybe without Nash Howard behind the scenes doesn't want to come. You can never say what if...
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Re: Was starting Sessions last season a mistake?

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:30 am

Sessions contributions to the offense were more than wiped out by his lack of defense. It's no coincidence that our team rebounding and team defense, especially the pick and roll, went from bad to worse when he showed up. The bigs were everywhere but under the basket covering for guards free on the perimeter. I didn't think it could get worse after Fisher but it did..... and not just by a little bit either.

The moment I remember most for Sessions was Game Two in OKC when we had the lead and on 3 consecutive possessions he facilitated turnovers by not wanting the ball.... his ill-advised pass to Kobe at half court and his avoidance of wanting to even bring the ball up court was a telling sign for me.
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