Sports Fodder: Sessions losing his opportunity
May 18, 2012
Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .
Ramon Sessions’ future as the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting point guard might be fading away. The former Nevada Wolf Pack point guard has been awful the last three games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 assists. He had two points and no assists in 24 minutes in Wednesday’s 77-75 playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and wasn’t even on the floor in the final nine minutes. Sessions needs to step up and prove he can be a starting point guard on a championship-caliber team. He waited five years to get this opportunity and now he’s not taking advantage of it.
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Sessions’ struggles, though, might not be entirely his fault. As all Wolf Pack fans know, Sessions has always had an inconsistent jump shot and has always been much better going to his right. Those two things alone will stamp the word “backup” on your forehead in the NBA. But when Sessions first arrived in L.A., he was running and pushing the ball and he breathed life into the Lakers offense. But, lately, the Lakers have told him to slow down and simply feed big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as well as Kobe Bryant. And, well, Sessions isn’t adapting well. That’s the problem with being a career backup. The Lakers wouldn’t have told Chris Paul to slow down. They would have told Bynum and Gasol to start running. But they have no problem telling Sessions to simply walk up the floor and dump the ball off. Maybe the Lakers isn’t the best situation for Sessions after all.
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Don’t be too surprised to learn in the coming weeks or months that the Boise State Broncos will not leave the Mountain West Conference after all, and will, in fact, put all of their sports into the conference. The Broncos, which are scheduled to move their football program to the Big East and the rest of their sports to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, are in a state of chaos right now. The WAC is just waiting for someone to pull the plug and the Broncos have already talked with the Big West Conference about taking all of their sports except football. The problem is that the Big West is entirely in California and Hawaii and they would like to keep it that way in order to hold down travel costs. The best place for Boise is the Mountain West and the best thing for the Mountain West is to have Boise as a full-time member. The sooner both parties realize that and swallow their pride, the better off everybody will be.
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The Big West is also being foolish by not quickly grabbing all of Boise State’s sports except football. The travel to Boise is not that big a deal. Big West member UC Davis, for example, is about the same distance from Boise as it is from all of the Big West’s Southern California schools. And Boise doesn’t even have baseball, the sport that has some of the worst travel costs. Yes, it would be weird for Boise to be in the Big East and Big West at the same time but, hey, weird is the new sane in college sports.
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Is this the worst NBA season ever? It is certainly in the conversation. First of all, there was that ridiculous 66-game schedule in four months with teams playing three nights in a row. And now injuries are decimating some of the league’s best teams (Chris Bosh in Miami and Derrick Rose in Chicago, for example). This entire season, starting with the lockout, has been a joke. No matter who survives this mess, the championship will be tainted.
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Nobody cares anymore about athletes using performance enhancing drugs. The Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee perjury trial hardly rates a mention in the national media these days. Substance abusers like Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro are getting Hall of Fame votes. And next year, three more (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Clemens) will get even more votes. The reason nobody cares all that much is that even with PEDs, you still have to go out and compete. And, in the end, that’s all that fans want to see. Competition.
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slams a batting helmet on the ground a few feet away from an umpire and calls it “a bad hop” when the helmet hits the umpire. Lawrie should have been suspended two weeks and not simply the four-game slap on the wrist he received this week. Delmon Young was given a 50-game suspension for throwing his bat at a minor league umpire. Pete Rose was given a 30-day sentence after shoving an umpire. Commissioner Bud Selig has always been afraid of the players and their union. He looked the other way for a decade when everyone was juicing up right in front of his eyes. This is yet another example of Selig allowing the players to make a mockery of the game and its rules.