Farmar: I want to start

jordan_farmarFox Sports: Los Angeles Lakers reserve point guard Jordan Farmar wants be a starter, either with the Lakers or another NBA team.

“I want to run a team and be the lead guard,” Farmar said Tuesday on the sidelines of a basketball clinic in Singapore. “Hopefully, it can be here (with the Lakers).”

“There’s a lot of jobs out there. I feel I have a lot to offer.”

The 22-year-old Farmar averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 assists in 65 regular-season games last season as the Lakers won their 15th championship. Farmar, who will be entering his fourth year with the Lakers, saw his playing time drop last season to an average of 18.3 minutes per game from 20.6 the previous season.

Farmar said he wasn’t surprised general manager Mitch Kupchak fielded trade offers from other teams during the offseason.

“I’ve talked to Mitch a bunch of times and he says he’s got a ton of offers and didn’t consider trading me,” Farmar said. “It’s just you have to entertain all the offers you get.

“Since I haven’t got traded, it means they want me here.”

Farmar, who grew up in Los Angeles and played two seasons at UCLA, said veteran point guard Derek Fisher will likely begin next season as the starter again.

“Derek’s had a great run,” he said. “He’s probably going to be the guy starting off. I just want to continue to push him.”

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  • Trbo823

    Patience, Ears. Don’t write checks you can’t cash. Fish is probabldy done as a starter after this season. You will have your chance/turn to take the starting PG.

  • http://www.michaelserna23.com Michael_23

    He’s good, but he’s not great. If there’s one thing I can point out, his inability in the “clutch.” I can remember Game 4 of the NBA Finals vs the Celts.

    Derek Fisher is probably the best clutch PG behind Chauncy Billups right now. There’s competition in the PG position for the Lakers and that’s good. I think Derek wouldn’t mind coming off the bench but the coaching staff knows best that Farmar isn’t quite ready. Farmar can’t expect to score a lot with a lineup of Kobe, Pau, Ron, and Drew. He’s gotta do what he has to do to win. I think he learned that in the post-season. We’ll see this season, this will be exciting.

  • http://www.myspace.com/fouadjk fouman22

    i’d rather have shannon brown as the starter… farmar makes too many mistakes and cant handle the pressure

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    time to trade this punk
    hopefully we can get a good deal
    i want brown as second pg
    bye bye farmar

  • touchingmyself

    “He’s probably going to be the guy starting off. I just want to continue to push him.”

    Really? First off, Fish will start from the beginning of the season to the end! Second, you’re not doing ANY pushing! Fish can have a 15 game poor shooting streak with 8 TOs per quarter and you still won’t be anywhere close enough to be PUSHING him to play his best or take over the starting position! Simply put, you’re not good enough!

    Fish is a consummate professional and has proven himself time and time again in the face of great defining moments in the game of basketball. Farmar has gone to the NCAA final 2 consecutive times and come up short against Florida both times! That’s Farmar’s claim to LEADING a team! And now he claims that he’s the guy that’s continuing to PUSH Fish to play his best? Is this guy’s imagination as big as his ears? Didn’t think that anything could possibly be bigger than his dumbo ears, but I guess that his ego is! Maybe it’s more of his own delusions that is making him say these things.

    But as far as I’m concerned, the guy to follow Fish is not and should not be Farmar. It’s Shannon Brown! Remember how Phil went with Brown in key moments of the regular season and the playoffs with Brown before Farmar? Well, with some extra work on the studies of the triangle and his ball handling skills and his shots Brown should take over the 2nd spot right behind Fish with ease! Brown already had a great 3 pt shooting %. He’s a great athlete with great hops and speed and has defensive stops. He’s definitely my choice to succeed Fish over Farmar!

    • http://king King

      i 100% agree

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Right now, i trust even more in Brown. You want it, then earn it.

  • JackFraust305

    I can never understand guys who think they deserve to start. I remember when Del Harris didn’t want to start Kobe, Kobe would come into practice and murder Eddie Jones and Van Exel until Harris had no choice but to play Kobe more.
    I dont’ see Farmar doing any of that…

    • imfasterthanur

      Classic Kobe attitude

  • desecrator93

    I actually think Farmar has more talent than both Brown and Fish but he hasnt put it all out on the floor consistently yet. If he can harness his talents and play consistently, hes definetely the best overall PG on the team (sorry Fish, Shannon) and can definetely start. He just has to get his attitude together and play consistent.

    • KeyTurn

      Are you serious? Farmar is what he is, a good quality back up PG for a contending team. Maybe he could start for a celler dweller like SAC.

      Fish is a veteran that has the intangible quality of leadership, Shannon is a far superior athlete, who played just as well as Farmar while adjusting to a new team, a new system, and new coaching staff on the fly, without having the luxury of mastering the triangle in training camp as Farmar has for the past 3 seasons.

      I like Farmar, I wish him the best, and for the Lakers sake I hope he develops into a beast, but I have to believe that he will always be 6th man in the NBA. Prove us wrong Farmar.

      • desecrator93

        I meant that he has the best PG talent and skills of the 3. Im not saying he brings the intangibles and leadership like Fish or the defense and husle like Shannon but as far as PG skills and just sheer talent (offensively at least), he has the most out of the 3. He’s just really inconsistent with it and until he can be consistent with his skills and quit having an attitude he WILL NOT start on this team anytime soon.

        • KeyTurn

          OK I hear you. I would probably agree with you about PG skills sorta. The triangle doesn’t demand a TRUE PG so who knows what Fish would be if he was in a traditional system for the majority of his career.

          Just watch out for Shannon this year. I think he’s gonna take it to Farmar, and maybe even Fish and earn a spot on the second team, he may even start at some point.

  • TonyFisch

    Farmar needs to be able to play well off the bench first before he competes for a starter job. He needs a reality check, who exactly does he think he is.? He needs to look back on how he lost his game at the wrong time a few times last season. He also better look at Shannon Brown, who also would love to start, difference is Shannon is working hard and not mouthing off. If Farmar doesn’t mature this season, he will be moved, and the Lakers will do it sooner rather than later.

  • Mitch4Pres

    s breezy has the starting spot on lock once d fish retires

  • http://www.michaelserna23.com Michael_23

    Fish got the starting job years ago with the Lakers when Ron Harper retired. Farmar will have to wait. And you know why else Farmar would want to start? It’s because it’s his contract year I think.

  • karenid24

    The hell is wrong with him? you dont just start for a team that just won a title with out proving your self….and last time i checked you really really stunk in the playoffs so prove your self maybe maybe then you will start until then shut your ear.

  • LakersFirst

    Have to earn it. Show some consistency.

  • LOL@U AGAIN!

    BREAKING NEWS: reports indicate that a trade has been brought up. “Sending Lakers back up point gaurd Jordan Farmar to the Clippers for a dishwasher”.

    THIS JUST IN!

    • Patrick Chewing

      hope its a maytag

  • WifelovesLuke

    Wow…look at all the basketball genious’ claiming to know what they are talking about. STFU and trust in Phil and Mitch to continue to make great decisions.

    Farmar is just being a cocky and confident pro athlete. This is wrong how?

    Besides, competition in practice helps EVERYONE on the team!

  • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

    I like the attitude

  • p a

    In the bad old days of yore Farmar couldn’t push Smush Parker, now he think he can push DFish? Maybe in another system, Farmar and the triangle just don’t mix. D’Antoni run and gun would make him a playa.

  • http://www.vidaguerrasbutt.com/vida-guerra-playboy-picture-a_17.html#pic daboss1849

    the boy needs to flap them ears so he can fly…

  • lakers2000

    Farmar needs to stfu and improve. I would expect him to have a break out season during his contract year. Just ask Luke and Sasha. He needs to lead and stop being like Smush! The grass is always greener on the other side. Ask Shaq!

  • anon

    “There’s a lot of jobs out there. I feel I have a lot to offer.”
    Do I sense an arrogant ultimatum? FYI there are tons of quality 1′s that would die to play and win for us.

  • gugy

    do you really want it Farmar? Then earn it bro. Stop talking and play ball.

  • http://www.myspace.com/guszo gus26
    • KeyTurn

      Nice trade scenario!

      I hope Mitch reads this blog, and MIL is idiotic enough to make it happen! Although I would like to see if Morrison has anything left from summer league. He may be the sleeper of the squad this season.

  • Patrick Chewing

    so i want a snickers bar, and who gives a crap

  • edward

    no farmar for lakers he talk like radmanovich. is not working my friend go

  • laker realist

    Everyone is talking bout his inconsistency but he was pretty consistent the year before last (remember how he and not fisher ended almost every game). I feel like his inconsistency last season was due to coming back to early from his meniscus injury. Additionally, Jordan is more clutch than you think…he loves making shots at the end of quarters. If you don’t believe me look it up

  • Bshawk

    Farmer push Fish?

    That Farmer kid is just like school in summer. No class.

    Sounds like he has spent too much time with the Headband. Trade him and Sasha for a case of lime Gatorade.

    • nicky

      Farmar isn’t good enough to start and is very inconsistent. Fish is a way better player on offense and defense. I think Farmar needs to shut up and prove himself first. Action speaks louder than words!!!!!

  • Robert

    Farmar needs to show up for practice w/Kobe & Ron-Ron at 6:00 am every morning. Then, when he actually plays, he needs to instill confidence, first in himself, and then let the team know that he is on the ball. He should pull the focus on his threat to score, and then when the other team is focusing on him, pass it out to his teammates who are in better scoring position. Please study Steve Nash. Don’t pass the ball away UNLESS someone is in scoring position. That’s a good point guard.