Ramon Sessions first began experiencing back pain about two weeks ago after the Kings played the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 16.
Sessions thought he could play with the pain, but a low-back strain has caused him to miss four of the last five games, including Monday’s contest against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
“For three or four days I was just playing on it. I was thinking it was just going to get better as time went and it wasn’t,” Sessions said. “There were times after the game I couldn’t stand all the way up straight because of the spasms. After the Golden State game (last Monday) I got an MRI and it showed some stuff and it wasn’t getting any better.”
Sessions signed a two-year deal before the start of training camp to back up Darren Collison.
He hadn’t played up to expectations to start the season and then dealt with a minor knee issue before his recent back problems.
Ray McCallum has assumed backup point guard duties with Sessions out. Sessions is unsure when he’ll be available to return to the lineup.
“It all depends,” Sessions said. “There’s not really a time frame on it. The doctor looked at some stuff and saw a little wear and tear, he mentioned a couple of weeks, he’s not really sure. It could be before that. I take it day-by-day and see how it goes, really.”
Moreland update – Rookie forward Eric Moreland did not travel with the Kings because of a left shoulder labral tear.
Moreland was icing his shoulder regularly as far back as the summer with the Kings’ summer league team.
“It’s been around for a while and I guess he had some problems with it when he was in school also,” said Kings coach Tyrone Corbin. “Thought we could get through it, thought we could get through most of the season but it’s gotten a little worse. It keeps popping out more frequently and now there’s an opportunity to take care of it.”
Corbin said surgery was a possibility for Moreland. The rookie from Oregon State has gotten most of his playing time in the NBA Development League with the Reno Bighorns this season.
Back with the team – Center Ryan Hollins joined the team for the four-game trip after missing the previous two games for personal reasons.
Hollins was in Southern California for the memorial service of his father, Denier, who passed away earlier this month.