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Ramon Sessions says it’s very different being a Laker

May 28, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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Ramon Sessions spent the first five-and-a-half years in the NBA’s small markets — Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland (post LeBron era). It means half-empty arenas, meaningless games (Sessions didn’t see the playoffs his first five years) and some level of anonymity.

Then he got traded to the Lakers.

ESPN’s John Hollinger once said that Lakers players don’t know what it’s like to be in the NBA, their world is so different. Sessions told Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld that is basically true.

“I was staying in a hotel right by the practice facility at first and I would see some fans waiting out back when I left,” Sessions said. “One time, I parked in the front of the hotel and started walking down the hallway. The next thing I know, there are five fans running after me in the hallway. It was crazy. They came out of nowhere and they were coming at me. I was just thinking, ‘What is going on?’”

“Nobody knows what its like,” Sessions said with a laugh. “People may think they know, but they don’t have any idea how much different it is to be a Laker. No disrespect to the other places that I’ve been, but it’s totally different out here. Even just walking around, it’s crazy. It’s the Lakers. You’re on T.V. every night and everyone knows who you are. I had paparazzi follow me. That’s a first, for sure. It’s wild out here. The Lakers are the show that everyone watches around here.”

It’s not just the Lakers. Boston, New York, Chicago, Miami right now all get this rock star treatment.

But it’s a long way from Milwaukee on a Tuesday in January.

We’ll see if Sessions gets the rock-star treatment next year, he’s a free agent and the Lakers have some decisions to make. Interesting ones after he struggled in the playoffs.

  1. rajbais - May 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Mike Brown should say this instead of Sessions!!!

    Brown never looked like a guy that Kobe could respect or be on the same page with!!! Just go ask LeBron!!!

    Who would’ve ever thought that Mike Dunleavy was more qualified to succeed Phil Jackson than Mike Brown???

    The Dunleavy topic make sense because he was a teammate if Kobe’s dad in Philly and was a key factor in Kobe possibly going to the Clippers!!!!

    • muhangis - May 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      uhh.. what??

      • rajbais - May 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        I’m just saying that Mike Brown is no team improver!

        That’s it. He’ll be fired after next year barring anything dramatic helping him.

    • cosanostra71 - May 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Do you not remember watching Mike Dunleavey running the Clippers into the ground? Even though I’m not a Mike Brown fan, it’s a bit insane to say that Dunleavey would be better than him.

      • rajbais - May 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        Dunleavy had a lot less talent with the Los Angeles Clippers!!!

        The best coaching hire is the guy that all of the players collectively want to play for!!!

        The Lakers go through Kobe and you do the thing that would best suit him!!!!
        Dunleavy would have!!! The NBA is not that complicated and fans should realize that coaches’ wins and losses are determined by the situations that are fit or unfit for them and their coaching styles!!!

        Organizations need to make the additions and subtractions that would fit the coaches strengths and cover up his weaknesses!!!

        Mike Brown has too many weaknesses in order to be a champion!!! Mike Dunleavy had Alvin Gentry’s Los Angeles Clippers players or similar talent level!!!! If you have a coach that could make something out of nothing, but not a champion he will do well if he has players that are capable of winning a championship!!!

        Those who are capable of winning the championship are ones that reach the conference finals or really tough it out during the semifinals!!!! Mike Brown cannot elevate a championship-ready team!!!!

        Larry Brown had the team that Rick Carlisle built in Detroit; a conference finalists in 2003 and a team that improved from 30+ wins in 2001 to 50 wins and a conference final appearance in 2002!!!!

        Phil Jackson and Pat Riley had championship potential talent!!!!
        If you look into the record books or archives and look at the coaches that preceded them you will know what I’m talking about!!!!

        However if you give Larry Brown Isiah Thomas’ Knicks or Michael Jordan’s Bobcats and if Avery Johnson inherits Don Nelson’s Maverick players, but inherits the lowly New Jersey Nets that is when you have to realize that specific situations and circumstances are going to help coaches reach the Finals or win it!!!

        Gregg Popovich had a 1996 semi finalist San Antonio Spurs team, 1995 Western Conference Finals players, and a 1997 team with David Robinson only playing six games thus causing them to be lottery bound, and got Tim Duncan and won a championship with him. Eventually, the Spurs capitalized off that and 13 more. Again, situational circumstances and the roster’s capabilities and a coach who can take a team further up from where it is currently at is what makes a championship team!!!!

        Paul Silas had the correct circumstances before Jim Paxson traded a first-round draft pick for Jiri Welsch in 2005 and Paxson fired Silas before the season ended in order to cover his own rear end!!!! Welsh was gone after 2005 and Mike Brown came in and did whatever Paul Silas could do!!!! The problem is that Paul Silas never had a GM to build a roster that could help him be a champion!!!

        GM’s ruin it for everyone because they don’t evaluate with enough specificity!!!! If they did so the number of competent ones would be greater than 20%!!!! Too many owners get cozy with people who sound like they know what they are talking about, but do not know how to build a team!!!! Owners have to get smart and sign players too much shorter contracts and let the general manager know that they do not have that long of employment security!!! If this is done everyone will be held accountable and we would not have to see possibly capable coaches of being unfairly dismissed and a more even playing field among NBA teams!!!!

      • cosanostra71 - May 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        And Mike Brown didn’t go through Kobe? Did you watch the Lakers?

        And that’s a bit silly to say Dunleavey had less talent. They had some very good teams that greatly underachieved.

      • kavika6 - May 29, 2012 at 3:03 AM

        Phil Jackson may be a good coach but he walked right onto a Bulls team that Doug Collins created, and the Lakers were already contenders as well. The credit I give him is that he seemed to succeed in babysitting the most arrogant, spoiled, self-righteous players in the league.

      • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        What’s gotten you so riled up rajbias? Who poked the bear?

  2. hoytdadd64 - May 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    @rajbais remember Mike Brown was trying to run his system with a team built for the triangle, in a shortened season that gave him no time to get the player adjusted to a new system. I’m not defended Brown, he has his questionable moments. BUT…if the deal to get cp3 had gone through in the beginning of the season we would be having a much different conversation. Mich was doing his job and trying to get Brown the correct players to fit. Saying Dunleavy was more qualified for the job simply because he was a teammate of Kobe’s dad is just ridiculous. Then to try and back it up with the whole GM putting coaches in the right situation argument makes it sound even more ridiculous. If you’re going to go with your second point then Shaw should have got the job because LA was already built for the system he was going to run. I’m not a huge Mike Brown fan, but I’m willing to give him and Mich another year to try and get the right pieces in place and get the players adjusted to a new system. Who know’s if the situation in Cleveland was all his fault and not ownership scared to take the baby bottle away from Lebron. Hopefully LA can make the changes needed to get away from the triangle personal and hopefully that helps Brown with his rotations. But in no way do I think Dunleavy is more qualified.

    • wildpat19 - May 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Totally agree with you hoytdadd64… I was about to say the exact same thing about Mike Brown and the Lakers situation. He was screwed from day one when David Stern and the NBA would owned the New Orleans Hornets voided the very fair trade that sent Gasol to Houston and CP3 to the Lakers. That deal not going through along with Andrew Bynum being 100% involved then checking out when things got tough was the ultimate Lakers demise, not the Lakers coaching situation, whether it was Mike Brown or anyone else. Gasol is still a great player in his own right but when a team treats you like chop liver to bring in a premier talent you can see how a team will struggle with chemistry. Kobe was controlling the new offense much like from 2005-2007, new coach and making up for not having much of an offseason, along with the fact Gasol felt like he was chopped liver and Bynum’s ego becoming much like (Kobe’s when Shaq was getting older and when they butted heads) it was a recipe for disaster. This team needs a new look with chemistry within the locker room to perform on the court

      • aboogy123456 - May 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        yea lakers were screwed with the CP trade but that should have nothing to do with the horrible job that mike brown did this season. You are saying he’s trying to run his system, but when he interviewed for the job he said that his system was built on the strengths of having two skilled seven footers. I didn’t see any of that this season, and it led to gasol being out of place which really hurt them in the playoffs.

        Mike Brown has not proven anything in cleveland or in LA. He was an assistant on San Antonio and he obviously didn’t learn much about implementing the twin tower offense. The jury is still out, but all i’ve seen from him is the pass it to lebron, or pass it to kobe “offense”.

      • baylorfan - May 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Wow, you forget that when Brown was hired CP3 was not on the radar. Brown was going to put in the twin tower offense he learned at San Antonio. When he did get a real point guard in Sessions, he tried to micromanage and call plays each time down the court. Remember when Sessions started to look lost on offense? It is just a reflection of his coach. Why do you want 2 mediocre seasons of coaching when your best player may only have that much time left to perform at a high level?

      • wildpat19 - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:28 AM

        You both (baylorfan, aboogy123456) forget the fact that Mike Brown was in a lose lose situation after the Chris Paul trade was vetoed that was when the twin towers strategy was screwed. You and me both know Gasol was not committed to a team who treated him like chop liver when they tried to trade him for Chris Paul in the off season. Along with the fact Andrew Bynum checking in and checking out at times when he felt important and when he felt like his role was diminished during the playoffs. Just as Lebron did in Cleveland and Kobe did in LA under Mike Brown, they took the load of the offense to make up for the lack of chemistry for the team as a whole. There needs to be a change in the locker room starting with Gasol being dealt to begin the chemistry being re-established.

  3. knightrider1755 - May 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Sessions better hope that he doesn’t end up in Charlotte next season. At one point it was reported that the Knicks favored him. With any luck he might end up with them since they are in dire need for a point guard.

  4. southpaw77 - May 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Dang it feels good to be a gangsta. Lol

  5. loungefly74 - May 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    not sure what sessions’ role will ultimately be for the Lakers. his performance in the playoffs was disappointing. i like the kid, he brought some energy to the team but i hope next year he asserts himself better during the games that count.

  6. lakerluver - May 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    The LAKERS are the best franchise in the NBA, by far. It’s a privilege to donn the Purple & Gold!! To all the haters, my beloved LAKERS will soon reclaim their rightful spot at the top of the league. The LAKERS are all about RINGS and the Buss Family will ALWAYS make the LAKERS contenders. Don’t know what superstar is coming to town after the Kobe era is over but the LAKERS are virtually guaranteed to add another major star that will lead us to more titles. It’s the LAKERS way, Baby!!!!!

    • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM


  7. lakerluver - May 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Dude, minimizing the accomplishments of Phil is old. The guy is maybe the best coach in sports history.

  8. rajbais - May 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM


    Dunleavy had no championship players!!!

    After Sam Cassell and Elton Brand went down the Clips weren’t the same!!!!

    Cassell and Brand were the two key pieces for the Clips to do well!!!

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