Hoopsworld: Phil Jackson sat in his office at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility last Tuesday morning long after practice had concluded and was seemingly impressed by what he saw: Jordan Farmar working feverishly on his three-point stroke several hours before tip-off against the Portland Trail Blazers later that night at the Staples Center.
Yet, the late season dedication is not only testament to Farmar’s overall work ethic but also the Lakers success this season thanks to the reserve point guard.
“He was still down there at noon and in the afternoon, shooting and taking some extra time and it certainly has paid off,” Jackson said of Farmar.
Farmar went for a career-tying 21 points off the bench that night against Portland and went 8-10 from the field as the Lakers overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Blazers. Two night’s later, Farmar topped that personal mark with a career-high 24 points in a win over the Miami HEAT, leaving Jackson to explain how Farmar is unlike any point guard he’s had in the past.
“I’ve never quite had a guard like that,” Jackson admitted. “B.J (Armstrong) was 6-3 and bigger than you thought. Steve Kerr was 6-3. Jordan – when I stretch him out – is 6-1 (actually listed at 6-2) but has tremendous athletic skills.