Ramon Sessions started out as LA's point guard solution last season, and everyone, including Kobe Bryant, was excited about his arrival.
At the offset, Sessions said he was up for the challenge and he seemed to be. Granted, the Lakers had been dealing with Steve Blake and Derek Fisher, so the young Sessions was like an oasis in the desert.
But then during the playoffs, Sessions fell apart. He recently opened up about it, telling Marc J. Spears of Yahoo:
"As a point guard I always like to know what's going on with everybody. I was out there second-guessing myself like, 'Is he really going to be there?' Or, 'What spot will he be in?' It was different because I really didn't practice much with them."
He definitely didn't look like the Sessions that helped reinvigorate the team late in the regular season.
During the off-season, Sessions decided to opt out of his player option for the current NBA season. Instead, he signed a two-year, $10 million deal in Charlotte with the Bobcats.
Sessions is from near there, and looking at Charlotte's performance last season, and their current roster, there's no need to worry about his playoff numbers. That's not to say they can't make it, because you never know what can happen, but it's not looking like a reality.
After making the move, Sessions went on to explain his decision, saying:
"It was one of those situations I looked at like, 'If I do come back what if they trade me?' There were talks about getting Deron [Williams]. They always wanted the bigger-named guy. What if I get traded to a team and it's my contract year? It was one of those things that I can't say if I opted in, [Nash] wouldn't have come. They still might have tried to get him. You just never know."
It's true that the Lakers may not have been so aggressive in pursuing Steve Nash if they'd had Sessions to work with, or maybe they would have felt comfortable amnestying Steve Blake's ridiculous contract with Sessions backing Nash, but we'll never know.
The important thing is that Sessions got what he wanted. He saw what it was like to play on a huge stage with one of the most demanding competitors in Kobe Bryant, and he failed to rise to the occasion.
Steve Nash has been stuck on teams that can't seem to seal the deal, leaving him ringless during what is likely his last few NBA seasons.
So, Sessions' decision to leave helped everyone. Charlotte can hopefully get better with Sessions' help, because there's no denying that he's skilled; not the best, but skilled. The Lakers obviously needed someone of Nash's caliber to alleviate the pressure on Kobe and make their offense work.
It's just surprising to see a player who was so fired up to be on a team like the Lakers be equally content to fall away.