With the Lakers out of the playoffs and done with exit interviews, Ramon Sessions finally has some time to focus on his future. The point guard talked to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld about a number of topics, including his 2012/13 option, playing for the Lakers, and his reaction to the trade that sent him to L.A. Here are some highlights from the conversation:
On his $4.55MM player option for 2012/13:
"It’s something that I haven’t thought about, but it’s definitely something that I have to start thinking about in the next few weeks. I have to make a decision by June 20th. It’s one of those things where I’m just going to sit down and look at everything. I’m going to really evaluate the situation and see what’s out there before I decide whether I’m going to opt out or opt in. It’s not a decision I’ve made yet."
On whether he wants to remain a Laker:
"Oh yeah, definitely. Talking to [GM] Mitch [Kupchak] before I left, they definitely want me back and I’d love to come back. This is a first-class organization. There are banners all over the gym and there’s a lot of history here. From the top to the bottom, everything was great. They’re first class all around.
On essentially replacing Derek Fisher in Los Angeles:
"When I found out about the trade, I didn’t know who was involved, but I knew that Fish wasn’t in the trade. I was thinking they were going to bring me in to back up Fish. Then, when they traded him, I was just thinking, ‘Man, they’re opening the door for me to run the show.’ It was a dream come true."
On the adjustment to playing with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers:
"It was difficult to come in being the new guy and also the young guy when you have Kobe, [Andrew] Bynum, Pau [Gasol] and Metta [World Peace], guys who want the ball, and it’s your job to get them the ball. You have to know where they want it, know all of the plays, know where everyone is supposed to be at all times and also try to get your own. It was definitely a challenge, but it’ll definitely make me a better player next year. I learned a lot from this whole transition…. I think having a full season with the guys, things would be different. It kind of felt like I was rushed, playing and trying to do this or do that. With a full season, I think the sky is the limit for us."