The Los Angeles Lakers added a big piece at the trade deadline when they dealt for former Cleveland Cavalier Ramon Sessions, but they're not ready to start Sessions just yet. Coach Mike Brown says that Steve Blake is his starter for now, according to ESPN L.A.'s Dave McMenamin.
"I don't want to guarantee anything or put anything in stone because I don't know if it's healthy to do that all the time," Brown said at today's practice. "It's definitely Steve's job for the foreseeable future, and it might be his job for the rest of the year. I don't know."
Blake made his first start of the season last night against Minnesota, stepping in for the recently traded Derek Fisher. He played 28 minutes and recorded zero points, six assists and two rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Timberwolves 97-92. Sessions came off the bench and scored seven points in 19 minutes.
"It's a process," Brown said of integrating Sessions. "It's not going to happen overnight. He's not going to be completely on the same page with us right now. But it's just like anything. He's new to the system, he's new to us, but thank goodness it seems like his basketball IQ is pretty high so it helps out a lot." Sessions averaged 10.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in Cleveland this season, coming off the bench behind Kyrie Irving.