Farmar seeks clarity about his role

farmarL.A. Times: It was a meeting of the minds Monday between Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar and Coach Phil Jackson. They talked about differences in philosophies and styles of play.

By Tuesday night, Farmar seemed disgruntled, the telling sign coming when Jackson yanked him out of the game against New York 4:01 into the fourth quarter and the 6-foot-2 point guard stormed off the court and exchanged words with his coach. Farmar played just nine minutes against the Knicks.

On Wednesday after practice, Farmar sounded more disillusioned about his role when he talked about his meeting in Jackson’s office at the team’s practice facility.

“He didn’t call me up there, I asked to talk to him — to vent,” Farmar said. “Just trying to get some things across.”

It was as if Farmar popped into the “principal’s office,” Jackson said. “I felt he was frustrated.”

Earlier in the season, Jackson allowed Farmar the freedom to run the fastbreak, to run more pick and rolls on offense and less of the triangle offense.

Now, Farmar said, Jackson wants him to be more precise, to run the triangle offense and throttle down on the fastbreak when it’s not there.

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  • Smush Walton

    Lately Farmar’s play has been pretty lousy. Phil has traditionally preferred taller guards and watching Farmar out there one can understand why. I don’t see him as our point guard of the future. His role should never be more than a sub on the Lakers.