What difference a legit point guard makes. No disrespect to Derek Fisher but when he was at the helm watching the Lakers offense was about as exciting as watching Caltrans workers collect garbage off the side of the 405.
Now nobody is saying that Ramon Session is single handedly bringing back the Showtime era but the days of praying for the Lakers to crack the 100-point barrier appear over.
Sessions has been sensational since arriving in L.A. just one week ago. He’s made an immediate impact from the second he first took the court and has only gotten better with each passing day. As he continues to expand his knowledge of the offense you see Sessions slowly taking over. His presence alone is changing the entire dynamic of the Lake Show.
But you don’t have to take the word of a blogger at face value. Check the game tape of what Sessions did in Dallas last night. Or better yet, ask one of the all-time greats like Kobe Bryant what he thinks of playing with Sessions.
“I’ve been extremely impressed. He takes a lot of pressure off of me. I can be a legitimate 2-guard now. He can play-make for others. Before, I had to score and play-make for others, as well. I don’t have to do that. I can be on the receiving end of those plays.”
Suddenly Kobe can actually concentrate on his job without having to handle point guard duties as well. Matt Barnes is getting the chance to play his natural game slashing to the hole and spotting up on the perimeter. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are getting touches in much more natural areas on the court. And the miracle of all miracles is that the Lakers can now score in transition.
Chris Paul he isn’t but for what the Lakers needed Sessions might as well be a full tank of oxygen to a deep sea diver down to his last breath.
By adding a true point guard, capable of breaking down a defense plus setting the table for the offense, the Lakers have become a different team all together. That small margin for error got slightly bigger. Not by much but enough to not be so dependent upon a clutch moment from Fisher to salvage the day.
While the Lakers should get used to seeing Sessions running the show they can’t expect him to shoot the lights out like he did in Dallas. His strength has never been his jumper though he’s greatly improved shooting beyond the arc. But who needs a point guard capable of sinking 25-footers all night when that same guard can get to the cup with ease?
There are still plenty of questions surrounding the Lakers and their title chances. But with Sessions there is only one question: what took so long to get this guy?