Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Ramon Sessions Will Turn L.A.'s Season Around

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMarch 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 16:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers rives against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on March 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As "difficult" as it was for superstar Kobe Bryant to accept the departure of his decade-long backcourt counterpart Derek Fisher, the acquisition of Ramon Sessions is the replacement that the Los Angeles Lakers needed to become contenders in the West. 

It's hard to believe that Sessions will be able to do more throughout his career for the Lakers organization than Fisher did. Sessions doesn't care about that, and neither does Los Angeles. He just wants to win games. 

"Derek Fisher was a great guy for this organization. I'm not here to replace Fisher," Sessions said. "I'm just here to do whatever they need me to do and try to win games."

He did just that in his debut with the Lake Show on Friday in a 97-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he finished with seven points, four rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes of play.

The Lakers have severely missed the offensive explosiveness that Sessions brings for some time. L.A.'s offense has been a lost cause this season, but the arrival of Sessions will help greatly.

The seven-footer duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum is dangerous enough as it is, let alone when a speedy point guard is penetrating and finding them for easy baskets.

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Fisher fit in great for Los Angeles because he was a great passer and facilitator. He understood his role in the offense, but was also a better shooter than he gave himself credit for and hasn't scored up to his potential in his career. 

Sessions has that uncanny ability to find his teammates, but also can blow past defenders to the basket. That's been a missing link in the Lakers offense that is now a presence. 

In his rookie season, Sessions' worst season in the points column (8.1), he had his highest total in assists (7.2). He's also never played with the talent that he'll have in Los Angeles.

His highest scoring season was his 2010-11 campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 13.3 points per game average shows his ability to score as a starting point guard, which is great foreshadowing for Lakers fans.

Fisher was a great fit for Phil Jackson's system, but that age-old system is long gone. Sessions will fit in perfectly to what the Lakers are trying to accomplish this year offensively.