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With Wizards contract nearing an end, Sessions praised by All-Star Beal, others

NBA player Ramon Sessions hands out turkeys and other fixings to people during his annual turkey drive in the Racepath community in November 2017.
NBA player Ramon Sessions hands out turkeys and other fixings to people during his annual turkey drive in the Racepath community in November 2017. jbell@thesunnews.com

Time is running out on Ramon Sessions in Washington.

The Myrtle Beach native's 10-day contract with the Wizards runs out at midnight, not long after Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

However, he's drawn praise from coaches and teammates despite not having played a minute in Washington's five games since he signed with the squad on Feb. 22.

“He’s a worker. He hasn’t gotten any opportunities. That might change [Sunday] night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told the Washington Post on Saturday.

All-Star Bradley Beal echoed the sentiments.

"He’s always been humble. He’s always been a true professional,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal told the Post. “He’s one of those guys you look back and say he was a great teammate because of his approach to the game. His respect in the locker room. His respect for the game, coming in and getting his work in, taking care of his body, treating his other teammates with respect.”

Sessions, a guard, has played for eight different teams and three of them twice, including the Wizards. It's a journey that is respected by Beal, who's played for only one team thus far in his career.

“It’s tough,” Beal said. “I could only imagine going from team to team. This is his second time being back here. That’s the sign of a true professional. A guy that sticks around, then competes his butt off. Hopefully he gets an opportunity.”

Sessions has been essentially an insurance plan for Washington as it waits for starting point guard John Wall to return from injury. Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier have gobbled up the minutes the one since Sessions arrived.

“Ten day or one day, that name on the back of the jersey means a lot to me and my family,” Sessions told the Post of his situation in Washington.

It would take two more 10-day contracts from the club for Sessions to earn a contract for the remainder of the season, a prospect that right now might be unlikely as the team will have three point guards when Wall returns. Nonetheless, Sessions plans to keep working toward yet another opportunity - wherever it is.

“I’m one of those guys where you couldn’t tell if it was my 11th year or my first year,” Sessions told the Post. “I just come in and work every day like I’m still on that first-year deal. I think that’s kind of what got me here today. Where a lot of guys are probably more talented. To be here for 11 years, it’s more than talent. I just come to work every day. You couldn’t tell if I had a deal or didn’t have a deal. I’ve just always been humble.”





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