Due to the continued stalemate between Time Warner Cable and the major pay TV carriers in Los Angeles, the new Lakers‘ station TWC Sportsnet and TWC Deportes, which have exclusive rights to show all Lakers game this year, the only way Lakers fan will be able to see the Lakers this year is by either subscribing to Time Warner Cable or going to an establishment that has Time Warner Cable. The major problem is that most bars and restaurants that center their business around showing sports programming have Directv. Raining3s.com identified a need to put a list together of bars and restaurants that both subscribe Time Warner Cable and will show Lakers games for us Lakers fans. I would recommend calling ahead or clicking on the website link we provided to get more information about their menu, whether they sell alcohol and confirm they are showing the Lakers game on a particular night. Here is the most comprehensive list of its kind out there:
In terms of the basketball world, nothing shines brighter and is more visible than a player dressed in purple and gold.
Ramon Sessions will get a chance to wear one of those luminous purple and gold jerseys after the Lakers completed a deal to acquire the young point guard from Cleveland in a swap for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a 1st round draft pick prior to the trading deadline yesterday.
Many Lakers fans haven’t had a chance to see Ramon play before but because of his name being mentioned in numerous trade rumors over the last few months many have heard of his name.
How is it that a point guard as skilled and highly regarded in NBA circles as Ramon Sessions get so far under the radar that a team that was desperately in need of help at the point guard position was able to acquire him for 2 bench players and a late 1st round draft pick?
How is it that so many Lakers fans know so little of him?
Brian Windhorst from ESPN, along with others, has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavilers for their (not Dallas’) 2012 1st round pick. The details of the deal that is being reported makes no mention of a Lakers player going back to the Cavs so it would appear that the Lakers used part of their 8.9 million dollar exception that they received in the Lamar Odom trade.
UPDATE: Alex Kennedy is reporting that the deal actually involves Luke Walton heading to Cleveland for Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga, not the Lakers trade exception that they acquired from the Odom trade.
Ramon Sessions is a 6-3 point guard that is incredibly quick. Sessions can get by defenders with ease and get to the rim. Sessions is an above average playmaker and a very good free throw shooter. Sessions won’t be the answer defensively as that is not his strength. Sessions does have nice size for a point guard at 6-3 but doesn’t have a lot in his back pocket to hold off bigger guards like the Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose of the NBA; but then again, who does. Ramon is a decent shooter from about 15 feet in but has really limited range on his shot. Ramon will make his living around the basket and the free throw line.
The questions remains if Mike Brown is looking to insert Ramon in the starting line up or having him back up the starter. Who’s minutes is Ramon taking at the PG spot? Fisher’s or Blake’s? We will soon find out as the Lakers season transpires. What we can feel confortable saying at this point is that the Lakers got quicker, younger and better at the PG position. Many Lakers’ fans are saying it is about time.
UPDATE: The Lakers traded away Fisher to Houston in a later trade so that will answer the question as to how Mike Brown is going to split up the minutes at point. The question of who starts at the point still remains.