There was a time when people thought that the Los Angeles Clippers were the best team in Los Angeles. There was also a time when people thought the earth was flat. We all know that those people are wrong.
Sure, the Clippers got Chris Paul after the trade that would have sent him to the Lakers got cancelled by David Stern. Sure, the Clippers beat the Lakers twice in the pre-season. Sure, ESPN and a lot of other east coast sports networks breathlessly predicted that the Clippers were going to contend for the Western Conference crown.
Unfortunately, none of that is about to come true.
Los Angeles will always be a Lakers town. I said it during the beginning of the season; the only people who think the Clippers are the best team in LA don’t live in LA.
The Clippers had many new found fans during the beginning of the season but they have not been so vocal lately. And that is because the basketball world has returned to its rightful place. The Lakers are now three games ahead of the Clippers in the Pacific Division. The Clippers have suddenly remembered that they are the Clippers and have started losing games like it’s their job; they are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are playing better than ever since they acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has given the Lakers a spark and has totally changed the offense. Watching him slash to the basket and create shots for those around him reminds me of the Showtime Lakers of the 80’s.
Sessions has everybody thinking about another championship. Even Kobe Bryant has come out and said that the Lakers are now a championship caliber team.
All is right with the basketball world. The Lakers are peaking at the right time and could seriously contend for the title and the Clippers have remembered that they are the Clippers and are starting slide down the standings.
It is going to be interesting to see all the talking heads explain how they were so wrong about the Clippers and even more interesting to watch them trying to explain how the Lakers made it all the way to the Finals.
I know it’s only been two games since Ramon Sessions has been with the Lakers but it’s time to put him in the starting lineup. Two games is an incredibly small sample size, but with this lockout-shortened season there is no time to waste.
The Lakers got rid of Derek Fisher because Sessions was coming to LA. There was no way they could justify starting Fisher when a younger, better point guard was sitting on the bench. A five-time champion gets pushed out the door but the Lakers are not willing to bench Steve Blake?
Sessions is, literally, running circles around Steve Blake. Lakers Fans haven’t seen a point guard with that kind of speed for over a decade.
I was at the game against the Utah Jazz Sunday and I must say watching Ramon Sessions run the floor is a sight to behold. It is said that he needs time to learn Mike Brown’s offense and that is why he needs to come off the bench. I don’t think that’s true. Without “knowing the offense,” Sessions has outplayed Blake in his two games as a Laker.
I’m sure he can pick up the offense in due time. And even if he doesn’t, he’s still playing better than Steve Blake. There is no reason that Sessions should not be starting. Blake has scored a grand total of zero points in the last two games. Sessions has 17 points in the same time frame. He outscored the starting point guard 17-0 running an offense that he supposedly doesn’t know. Can you imagine how good he’s going to be when the “gets it”?
I have defended Mike Brown this whole season when others were calling for his firing. However, on this issue I have to disagree with Coach Brown. Ramon Sessions needs to start.
The Lakers may not ever get back to the Showtime era, but with Session running the point, they could get pretty close.
The Lakers have completed a trade with the Cleveland cavaliers the will send Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga for Luke Walton and the Lakers’ 2012 first round pick.
Sessions will certainly help the Lakers at the point guard position, which is their most glaring weakness. He has been averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per game this season. He will definitely give the Lakers offense some much needed stability and consistency.
This trade makes Steve Blake expendable for the much rumored three team trade that would send Michael Beasley to the Lakers.
The Lakers have also got out from under the Luke Walton contract that has been hanging around their necks for years. He is due $6.1 million next year.
Eyenga has only played in six games this year and has spent some time in the D-League.
Sessions could still op-out of his contract at the end of the season but I doubt he would leave the Lakers. This isn’t the blockbuster trade a lot of fans have been hoping for, but it makes the Lakers a bigger threat in the Western Conference.