Ses­sions set­tles in

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY JORGE CASTILLO jorge.castillo@wash­

Ra­mon Ses­sions’s no­madic NBA ca­reer stops in the Dis­trict, and he’s fit­ting in nicely.

mil­wau­kee — Ra­mon Ses­sions has never re­ally found a home dur­ing his no­madic NBA ca­reer. But if he were to pick one stop, it would be Mil­wau­kee, if by de­fault. The Bucks drafted him 56th over­all, four from the bot­tom, in 2007, and he spent the ma­jor­ity of his rookie cam­paign in the D-League be­fore ap­pear­ing in 79 games with the Bucks the fol­low­ing sea­son.

“Tech­ni­cally, I was here for two sea­sons, which is the most I’ve been any­where,” said Ses­sions, usu­ally the Wiz­ards’ backup point guard but their starter against Mil­wau­kee on Satur­day in John Wall’s ab­sence. “This was the place that drafted me, so it’s al­ways the place that gives me that home edge over any­where else.”

Wash­ing­ton, how­ever, is com­ing close. Ses­sions, 29, ar­rived in the Dis­trict in Fe­bru­ary, sal­vaged from a toxic sit­u­a­tion in Sacra­mento when the Kings traded him for An­dre Miller in an ex­change of backup point guards. The Wiz­ards en­vi­sioned Ses­sions or­ches­trat­ing the sec­ond unit with a pace sim­i­lar to the first unit, some­thing they couldn’t do with the older Miller at the helm.

Ses­sions was called into emer­gency re­lief dur­ing the sec­ond round of the post­sea­son, when Wall sus­tained five frac­tures in his left hand and wrist. Ses­sions started in Wall’s place for three games against the At­lanta Hawks. He net­ted 21 points in his first start but strug­gled over the next two games, shoot­ing 7 of 24 from the field, be­fore Wall re­turned.

Wiz­ards cen­ter Marcin Gor­tat, who is at his best rolling off picks for point guards, cited a lack of chem­istry with the new­comer, an ob­sta­cle that could only be over­come with time. Ses­sions, un­like Wall and Miller, is a score-first point guard. Ad­just­ments needed to be made.

“If a point guard drinks clear liquor and I drink dark liquor, that’s not go­ing to work,” Gor­tat said.

Five months later, the syn­ergy, ac­cord­ing to Gor­tat, is markedly im­proved. The two have fos­tered a re­la­tion­ship on and off the court. The Wiz­ards’ re­fur­bished of­fense, an up-tempo sys­tem fo­cused on spac­ing, has only helped Ses­sions, a re­lent­less pen­e­tra­tor who is at his best push­ing the pace and driv­ing down­hill to the bas­ket.

“The floor is open, it’s spread. There’s a lot of gaps, a lot of seams,” said Ses­sions, who av­er­aged 7.4 points and 3.1 as­sists in 28 reg­u­lar sea­son games with the Wiz­ards last sea­son. “There’s more reads. For me, it’s one of those things that I feel like bet­ter suits my game, play­ing in this kind of of­fense, up-tempo. I mean, it’s fun.”

Ses­sions has rarely been rec­og­nized for his pass­ing abil­ity, but team of­fi­cials have been im­pressed this pre­sea­son with his use of the of­fense to cre­ate for oth­ers.

“You know the spots the guy’s sup­posed to be in and it’s so spread out that the guy’s got to make a de­ci­sion,” Ses­sions said. “For me, it’s kind of slow­ing the pace down and wait­ing un­til it opens up be­cause at some point some­thing’s go­ing to open up. It’s hard to guard every­thing in this of­fense.”

Ses­sions, like many of his team­mates, is slated to be­come a free agent next sum­mer, so there’s a good chance he will be back on the move again. Un­til then, he’s happy to set­tle in.

“Be­ing here an­other year,” Ses­sions said, “that doesn’t hurt at all.”

Notes: The Wiz­ards were with­out Alan An­der­son (an­kle), Jared Dud­ley (back), Nene (calf ), Gar­rett Tem­ple (ham­string) and Martell Web­ster (hip) be­cause of in­jury. Wall was also not avail­able; the all-star point guard was ex­cused to at­tend the Light the Night Walk in Wash­ing­ton in honor of his friend Damiyah Tele­maque-Nel­son.


Ra­mon Ses­sions has bounced around the NBA play­ing for sev­eral teams but is gain­ing com­fort in run­ning the Wiz­ards’ of­fense.

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