MB native Sessions makes solid debut with L.A. Lakers

Just 32 hours after he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, former Myrtle Beach High star Ramon Sessions suited up for his new team in Friday night’s 97-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sessions didn’t start, although the Lakers’ immediate plans are to use him as the starting point guard. He replaced Steve Blake in the first half and quickly converted three layups as well as several sharp passes. He finished the night with seven points, five assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

Sessions was traded to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday afternoon. He flew to the West Coast for a standard team physical on Friday, was introduced at Friday afternoon press conference and may see playing time tonight against one of his former teams, the Timberwolves, at the Staples Center despite that Sessions hasn’t even practices with his new teammates.

After the game Sessions told reporters he is looking forward to playing alongside Kobe Bryant in the backcourt. The Lakers like his quickness, defense and ability to penetrate and create offensive opportunities for his teammates or himself, so much that they traded away longtime point guard Derek Fisher.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Sessions while sending Fisher to Houston in a separate deal.The Lakers also sent Luke Walton and Jason Kapono and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga.

Sessions, who lost his starting when the Cavaliers drafted Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick, was the key to the deal for Los Angeles. He averaged 10.5 points this season after averaging a career-high 13.3 points in 2010-11 for the Cavaliers.

Sessions will wear No. 7 for the Lakers jersey, the number previously worn by ex-Laker Lamar Odom. After bouncing around between three Midwestern teams in his first four NBA seasons, Sessions hopes he has found a happy home on the West Coast with the Lakers.

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