Ramon Sessions scored seven points with four rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in his Lakers debut Friday night, a 97-92 wire-to-wire victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played 19 minutes, 26 seconds as Steve Blake’s backup at point guard. Sessions said he looked forward to practicing with his new team Saturday and learning the plays. Assistant coach Quin Snyder sat next to him on the bench and talked him through some of the Lakers’ sets early in Friday’s game.
“We don’t have any days to practice, so that was his first practice and his first game combined,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said. “He can play, obviously. He’s got a feel. He’s been in the league long enough. The team I’m coaching is very intelligent, so they helped him out on the floor, how to space and play the game of basketball.
“You can see his quickness. He’s got a second, third and probably even a fourth gear.”
Added Kobe Bryant: “He’s extremely fast and crafty. The conversations I had with him out on the floor about execution and things like that, he seems to have a really high basketball IQ. He can score. He can obviously get into the paint, as you saw tonight. He’s going to be a feature for our team that opponents are going to have to prepare for. … They’re going to have to do something to try and slow him down.”
Bryant also had this to say about playing without Derek Fisher, who was traded Thursday to the Houston Rockets in order to make room at point guard for Sessions, who was acquired the same day from the Cleveland Cavaliers:
“It was very difficult. I’m not used to it. I’ve been with him pretty much my entire career. … So it’s very different. It’s pretty weird. … I don’t want to get that sentimental about it.”