Ramon Sessions to start against the Blazers

March, 23, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Per Dave McMenamin:

Ramon Sessions will be the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I'm going to start Sessions tonight," Lakers coach Mike Brown told reporters after the Lakers' shootaround Friday. "The biggest thing is there's a comfort level there with all of us and Sessions. If you talk to him, he'll tell you at the end of the Dallas game when he was on the floor, there was a comfort level that he had out there running the offense.

"The game before that, in Houston, when he was on the floor he'll tell you that he didn't feel comfortable down the stretch knowing what we can run and or do on the offensive end of the floor. So, it's just a matter of him feeling a comfort level of running the team, not necessarily during the flow of the game, but in tight situations when it's close down the stretch and he's starting to get that. And he's shown leadership qualities too, which is another positive."

As Brian relayed earlier, Sessions' statistical impact has been pretty remarkable, even with the small sample size acknowledged. After the win over Dallas, I expressed my desire to see him with the first five ASAP, so the news obviously sits well with me. Like everyone, I'm curious to see how he looks in extended time with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

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