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Mike Brown relents to reason, will start Ramon Sessions

Mar 23, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

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It didn’t take a scout’s eye the last few games to realize that when Ramon Sessions was on the floor, the Lakers offense was much, much better. We’ve covered all this before — with Sessions on the floor the Lakers offense has been as good as any in the league.

That situation led to calls all over Lakersland to start Sessions over Steve Blake. Which is kind of a moot point — Sessions played nearly 29 minutes against the Mavericks last game and Blake 17. The old coaching axiom is it doesn’t matter who starts a game, it matters who finishes — Sessions played in the fourth quarter and Blake sat against Dallas.

But still, usually you want to start your best players. And so Sessions is getting the start Friday night against Portland, Brown told the media at shootaround.

It’s the smart move. The Lakers with Sessions starting could get out to an early lead and get a comfortable win against a slumping Portland team. But take them lightly, start slow and you can end up losing like Memphis did Thursday night.

This is the rotation everyone knows the Lakers would have in the playoff, better to get guys comfortable in roles and rotations now to build good habits for the playoffs. Or, at least that’s what Mike Brown is hoping.

  1. bushido49ers - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    It’s about time! LAKERS BABY! :-D

  2. aboogy123456 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    As annoying of a coach that Mike Brown can be, I don’t think he is “relenting to reason”. Him and the Lakers knew that Sessions would be the eventual starter, but he’s a newcomer so you have to make him earn his position, which he’s done with his great play.

  3. bimbomoose - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Love Sessions

  4. roseann894 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    If he, on his fourth team in four years, gets the Lakers into the playoffs as a high seed, Mike Brown is either the coach of the year of the rest of the Western Conference sucks and the conference champ will be dispatched in 4 games by the Heat. Sessions played one year for the T’Wolves and even they didn’t have any use for him after.

    • bozosforall - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      He is a whole hell of a lot better than he was with the TWolves….and has a whole hell of a lot better surrounding cast of players than before. Try opening your eyes, fat butt roseann. I hear Tom Arnold is sooeeeing for you…time for your din din of pig slop.

  5. teambringitstrong - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    roseann894 – Mar 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    If he, on his fourth team in four years, gets the Lakers into the playoffs as a high seed, Mike Brown is either the coach of the year of the rest of the Western Conference sucks and the conference champ will be dispatched in 4 games by the Heat. Sessions played one year for the T’Wolves and even they didn’t have any use for him after.

    I can think of several ‘journeyman players that found their niche on a particular squad and got that team over the hump. Act like you’ve got some sense

  6. lmvs2012 - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Fhuk! Blake!…session deserve to be a starter!..Blake is a piece of sh!t pg…agree?

    • duhgrate1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      You! Idiot!.. anybody.. agree?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      Yes, agree 1000% Surprized you got so many thumbs down. Blake is a useless p.o.s. I haven’t hated someone so much since Kwame Brown.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    @roseanne894, obviously you don’t know very much about basketball. Who cares about Sessions did or didn’t do prior to becoming a LAKER? On those other garbage teams he wasn’t playing with a Kobe, Pau, or Bynum. If you can’t see he makes the LAKERS better you’re as blind as a bat!!

    • loungefly74 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      i can see for miles and miles!!

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:21 AM

        I can see lightyears beyond.

        20 pts., 11 ast., 6 reb. 6-10 FG, 2-3 3ptrs. tonight.

        Forget the 20 pts., when was the last time you seen a Laker PG get double figures in AST.??

        LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

      • loungefly74 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:48 AM

        it’s about time! yeah man, happy we finally got a threat at PG.

        the triangle made it where the PG didn’t have to be critical factor but under our new scheme, someone like sessions was needed. welcome aboard sessions.

        last night’s game against the griz…well, hey man, the griz were hot. i watched that game and they were just hitting everything (it seemed like). Lakers’ D couldn’t keep up so i didn’t cry myself to sleep. sometimes, a loss just happens…especially when the other team was “gelling”. its all good though.

  8. ningenito78 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Roseann894- are you blind? Have you watched Sessions at all this year? He’s no DWill or CP3 but the guy can ball. He’s a perfect fit on the Lakers. If you can’t see that watch golf.

    • bozosforall - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Actually, Sessions’s PER is just below Paul’s for the season…at a whole lot lower cost. The Lakers got a huge deal in the end.

  9. lmoneyfresh - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    roseann is the perfect example of the average NBA fan. If you don’t score tons of points or get on sportscenter everynight, you’re obviously not a good player. I’m a little biased having watched Sessions play in college on a regular basis, but in NBA circles he’s known as a very solid PG. Sorry everybody can’t be Rose, Nash or CP3, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective point guard for the Lakers.

    • bozosforall - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Correct. The Lakers don’t need a scorer…they need a facilitator and a penetrator. Which Sessions is exactly. He creates open looks for everyone else, making them all much more effective. Lakers should have made this move much much earlier.

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Who’s a better pickup, ramon sessions or jeremy lin?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      For the Lakers or for each respective team?

      I say Smoke Sessions. He put us back into the championship race while J Lin put NY just back into playoff contention.

  11. omniusprime - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    About time that Mike Brown had a clue about what to do with the Laker’s pathetic offense. Steve Flake has been a total bust and Kupcake needs to get rid of him in the offseason and bring in a much better second point guard. An excellent showing for Ramon Sessions in his first start and I’m hoping to see many more great games by Ramon for us Laker fans. Maybe now the Lakers have a shot at another title this year now that we have a point guard who can score, dish and slash into the lane. Now Kobe won’t have to handle the ball or score as much.

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