Ramon Sessions is back on the Grand Strand this week for his annual basketball camp at Myrtle Beach High School. Sessions has over 100 youngsters spending the week working on their basketball skills. It's been an active month for the two time WPDE Mister Hoop Zone.
The point guard opted out of a one year $4.5 million dollar player option to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. As an unrestricted free agent, Sessions said the first phone call he received when free agency opened on July 1st at midnight was from Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchack. Sessions first priority was to sign a long term contract to remain in Los Angeles, but the Lakers acquired Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in a sign and trade deal. Sessions signed a 2 year, $10 million dollar guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Bobcats.
For Sessions it is his fifth NBA team in six years. He was a 2nd round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 NBA Draft. After playing in the NBA's D-League, Ramon was able to stick on the Bucks roster in 2008 and 2009. He then went on to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Cavs, he was dealt to the Lakers on March 15th, 2012. Sessions quickly vaulted into the starting lineup playing alongside Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists a game in Los Angeles getting his first experience in the NBA playoffs.
Sessions looks forward to playing in new Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap's up tempo system. He joins a new look Charlotte roster that is coming off a 7 win season last year, worst in the NBA. The Bobcats have Sessions and Kemba Walker at point guard and will work in newcomers Brendan Haywood and #2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky.