Los Angeles Lakers: All-time starting five

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.

All-Time Lakers Franchise 5

June, 7, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Given how a Lakers-Celtics showdown sparks so much talk about the history of both franchises, ESPN is offering fans the chance to vote on their all-time Lakers starting five. (There's the all-time Celtics starting five, too, if you're into that sort of green thing.) Vote early, vote often and share your thoughts on the ultimate "Franchise 5." To get the ball rolling, here are my selections from the choices below:

Point guard

Finalists: Derek Fisher, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, Nick Van Exel
With sincere respect to Fish, No. 25, Norm and "Nick The Quick," this is a no-brainer for even the lobotomized. Magic's being the consensus best point guard ever would make this an easy call. Magic's being arguably the greatest Laker ever -- and, as I noted a while ago, he may retain permanent ownership of the crown -- would make this an easy call. But here's what makes the call indisputable: Magic could well be argued to be greatest player of all time. I'm guessing most people wouldn't rank him ahead of Michael Jordan, but I doubt even those people would deem the premise indefensible. That Magic can even remain in the same sentence as "pick your gold standard" baller constructs an open-and-shut case.

Not to be a jerk, but if you pick anyone else, you're simply wrong.

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POINTS
Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
22.3 5.6 1.3 34.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.9
AssistsK. Bryant 5.6
StealsR. Price 1.6
BlocksE. Davis 1.3