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News » Jonny Flynn-Ramon Sessions backcourt still not part of Timberwolves' plan


Jonny Flynn-Ramon Sessions backcourt still not part of Timberwolves' plan


Jonny Flynn-Ramon Sessions backcourt still not part of Timberwolves' plan LOS ANGELES -- After Ricky Rubio chose to stay in his native Spain for at least two years instead of signing with Minnesota , the Timberwolves quickly snatched up free-agent point guard Ramon Sessions.

The acquisition gave the Wolves a more experienced ballhandler to relieve pressure on rookie Jonny Flynn and a versatile playmaker who could slide over to shooting guard. It also teased to the possibility of occasionally pairing the young guards in a creative backcourt.

That dynamic has not been tested in the season's first month as Sessions has regularly spelled Flynn off the bench. Coach Kurt Rambis said matchups and circumstances have dictated the current rotation.

Time might produce chemistry, although Sessions and Flynn rarely practice in the same backcourt and Rambis does not seem enthralled with the notion.

"It hasn't turned into something I'm really excited about," Rambis said before Monday night's game against the Clippers. "We'll keep playing with it and see where it goes."

Sessions, 23, has played point guard most of his career but replaced injured Milwaukee shooting guard Michael Redd last season and eclipsed 20 points in 11 games, including a 44-point, 12-assist explosion against Detroit in February.

Sessions averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 assists in two games before slipping to eight points and two assists in 22 minutes of Saturday's blowout loss at Portland. Flynn was 3 for 11 with three assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes against the Trail Blazers

"Ramon has a little bit more poise, a little bit more experience with the point guard position so his focal point when he comes in is just to make sure he's organizing our offense," Rambis said.

"Jonny has a lot more scoring capabilities. I'm asking him to resist those a little bit and learn how to organize the offense while he's still looking for his scoring opportunities."

Schedule glance: The Wolves are not scheduled to practice today as they prepare for a two-game homestand against first-place teams Denver and Phoenix on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Minnesota plays five of its next eight games at Target Center and does not have a road trip of more than one game until Dec. 11.

Wednesday's game against the Nuggets is College Night. Tickets are $5 for students with a valid school ID. The first 100 ticket buyers will receive a free upgrade to the lower level.

ESPN's decision to opt out of Friday's 8:30 p.m. game against the Suns in favor of Oklahoma City-Milwaukee means there will be no local broadcast.

Briefly: Rambis, a former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, visited the team's practice facility Monday and reconnected with head coach Phil Jackson, general manager Mitch Kupchak and owner Jerry Buss.


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Added: November 25, 2009

 

 
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