Saturday, 24 March 2012
KOBE BRYANT & RAMON SESSIONS-TWENTY FOUR/SEVEN
By TIM DAVID HARVEY
With all due respect to the guard greats. Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo are last weeks Los Angeles Times stories. Even the headlines that departed Laker legend Derek Fisher left this franchise with are taking a side story, even if its one that should be told and retold. The script has been rewritten in Los Angeles and its been played by new Point Guard leading man Ramon Sessions. Now in the city of angels this numerical seventh, heaven sent changing of the guard is being greeted with as much hype and excitement as Jeremy Lin in New York and the rest of the world. You best believe that the basketball planet is watching the Lakers again now.
Its only been a week and change, but what a change its been. Ramon Sessions has more than shown and proved, finally working himself into Mike Brown's starting package, playing minutes that right now Jordan Hill could only dream of (let's make it a reality, otherwise what did they give up Fish for). After some struggles and Lamar Odom departing and Dwight Howard never arriving troubles the new scheduled Lake Show is flying again, right into contention. With All-Star beast Andrew Bynum at the centre of things, Spanish superstar Pau Gasol powering the other forward spot, along with defensive war machine Metta World Peace at the three and now Sessions on court at the point the Lakers have a true, natural, top player at every position. Class really is in session. Wait...we're forgetting someone.
In this clash of the titans, don't forget the wrath of a basketball God. Written off Kobe Bryant has responded signed, sealed and delivered with wonder. The still venomous Mamba leads this fantastic five with the pride of a lion and the hunger throughout these games to be the last man standing in this superstar NBA race. Time to marvel at the stark changes of the NBA's iron man and his weapons. Avengers assemble. Those who quickly wrote off the Lakers are rushing to catch the back of the Buss family bandwagon once again.
Now how long will it be before these people label Kobe and Ramon as one of the best backcourts in the association? Not long! Kobes still the best until he hangs up his sneakers next to that face mask, while Sessions is climbing the snakes and ladders games of top points. Right now people are saying he's in the top 15, next season he could be in the top ten as well as an all star. Back in Kobe's previous backcourts he's been mentored by Chicago great and Jordan favourite Ron Harper, clutched at a draft to Oklahoma town trade career friendship with Derek Fisher and even spent some time wearing the gloves with Hall of Famer Gary Payton. Still nothing right now compares to this current level of excitement. Others have had there time to play, now its the Ramon sessions.
The dynamic duo, backcourt in downtown LA are just that good and they'll both make each other that much better. With a frontline that can go toe to toe with the best bigs, the Lakers big time small players, have got the frontcourts back. Now the purple and gold aren't just a frontcourt force, they can pick and roll their way to success to. With the worlds most famous basketball player and currently the most exciting one, the Lakers have two guards of a high profile that can watch the throne. Reigning champions and Laker sweepers Dallas where handed their own brooms last week and in this much hyped battle of Los Angeles, as of late the Lakers are coming out on top of the Clippers standing proud in the Pacific. Number 24 and number 7 can run this city every hour of every day. Call it what you like 24/7, 24/Sessions. Its a new day and a new nickname now. Over the next few weeks and months the Lakers will still rise saying goodnight to the opposition. It was all bad just a week ago, now its a brand new day.