The Kings’ offseason plan to make point guard Ramon Sessions a key contributor never quite happened.
Sessions struggled on the court and dealt with injuries, the Kings were in upheaval amid coaching changes, and Sessions was dealt to Washington last month for point guard Andre Miller.
“The situation with Sacramento, I wish it could have gone better than it did,” Sessions said Saturday before playing the Kings at Verizon Center. “It’s a different situation with three coaches in half a season. It was different for everybody.”
Sessions entered Saturday averaging 6.5 points and 2.6 assists in 11 games as All-Star John Wall’s backup.
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Sessions played 36 games with Sacramento, starting seven, and averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 assists.
Sessions welcomed the opportunity to join the Wizards.
“I was excited, to be honest, when they told me I was coming back to the East Coast, coming to a playoff-bound team,” Sessions said. “I was definitely looking forward to it.”
Sessions signed a two-year contract with the Kings just before the start of training camp. The plan was for Sessions to back up Darren Collison and play alongside Collison in two- and three-guard sets.
But Sessions started the regular season in a slump and then missed time because of a back injury.
He played for coaches Michael Malone and Tyrone Corbin and practiced once under George Karl before being traded.
Sessions called the multiple coaching transitions “tough.”
“But it was one of those things where I was fortunate to be signed there,” he said.
Sessions said he still keeps in touch with his ex-Kings teammates.
“I miss the guys,” he said. “My time there was great. It was short, the record wasn’t what we wanted, but I enjoyed my time with everybody. It was just one of those things where I never could find my role with the team.”
Changing up – Omri Casspi started at small forward Saturday for Rudy Gay, who sat out because of a left patellar tendon strain. It was the Kings’ 14th different starting lineup this season.
Gay’s knee began to bother him during Friday’s loss at Philadelphia, and it’s been problematic in the past. He missed a Jan. 16 game against Miami because of a left knee capsule sprain.
Cousins comparisons – Karl was asked if he’d coached a big man quite like his All-Star center, DeMarcus Cousins.
Karl went deep into his coaching history to come up with a comparison.
“I coached Joe Barry Carroll, who was an All-Star center,” Karl said. “Very talented, very skilled.”
Carroll played for Karl with Golden State, making the 1987 All-Star team. The first overall pick in 1980 by the Warriors, Carroll averaged 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in his 10-year career, which also included stops in Houston, New Jersey, Denver and Phoenix.