Brown: Blake to start for now

March, 17, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Fresh off his alma mater's win over K-State this morning, prideful Orangeman Dave McMenamin reports Lakers coach Mike Brown plans to start Steve Blake over newly acquired Ramon Sessions at point guard "for the foreseeable future and it might be [Blake's] job for the rest of the year. I don't know."

The decision, Brown said Saturday after practice in El Segundo, is dictated in large part by logistics. The Lakers don't get much practice time the rest of the way, and may not get any full contact runs at all. This makes it tougher getting Sessions fully up to speed. Regardless, while the news might annoy some fans, it really shouldn't. As long as Sessions plays well, he'll play a lot. Just as it was with Derek Fisher, if Blake starts the game it doesn't necessarily mean he'll play starters minutes.

I still expect him to eventually take over the starting gig, but in the meantime Sessions brings a lot of value to a second unit badly needing a shot creator and scoring threat (and will fit in fine with the starters when on the floor with them, too).

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