Farmar works hard on his shooting

Second-year guard takes Jackson’s talks to heart.

L.A. Times: Many of the Lakers were down and out, really in no mood for exit meetings with Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak after another early playoff elimination last May.

But Jordan Farmar listened, intently, to what they said to him.

He then became a denizen of the team training facility, working on his shot as June slipped into July, and then into August and September.

“Every day, a couple times a day,” Farmar said. “I took a lot of shots.”

Apparently.

Farmar, who turned 21 on Friday, is averaging 10.1 points after scoring 21 against the Jazz and shooting 50.8%, a solid percentage for a guard. He was also well above average with his 40.7% accuracy from three-point range.

“I’m just trying to shorten [my shot], square my shoulders up and just knock it down,” Farmar said. “It’s all hand-eye coordination, and I believe in my ability.”

He wasn’t entirely confident on his drives to the hoop last season. Jackson said Farmar “started worrying about it a little bit.”

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  • MILO

    It show’s he should get more playing time!!!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Farmar is definitely a future starter. He’s very quick like Tony Parker, however, he needs to work on his defense a bit more.

  • selam

    he is playing nice right now he should just keep it up.

  • http://thelakersnation.com LA Forever

    This Guy is great player and its his 2nd year and he is already one of the lakers key players. If he keeps this up and keep training he will do something big in the future

  • LA Forever

    LakersFirst (Change) (Close)
    Dec 1st, 2007 at 1:04 pm
    Farmar is definitely a future starter. He’s very quick like Tony Parker, however, he needs to work on his defense a bit more.

    no he has atleast 1.3 steals per game and did you see his game against pistons, in the 4th he came out big when they where down 6 with 3 steals. He is the best play on the la bench.

  • dj matt20

    Farmer is our future PG, and you could see it since he is starting to get the same amount of minutes as Fisher. I want to see what Javaris is capable of he just needs to get more playing time. Farmer is the glue to our bench.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    His defense needs to be more consistent. Look at all 7 teams the Lakers have lost to, mainly because their lack of defense against the other teams’ point guards:

    Houston – Mike James (Lakers couldn’t stop him)
    New Orleans – Chris Paul (it was like nobody defended him)
    San Antonio – Tony Parker (again he worked the Laker guards)
    Milwaukee – Mo Williams (he began the Bucks’ forth quarter charge)
    Boston – Rondo (he was not the main contributor to the loss, but the Lakers couldn’t stop him)
    New Jersey – Jason Kidd (he stepped it up in the 2nd half. Laker guards couldn’t match).
    Utah – Deron Williams (he tore apart the Laker defense).

    Steals per game is NOT the only mark of a great defender. The mark of a point guard, as a great defender is stopping the other team point guard, (i.e. making him make difficult passes) which the Lakers have failed to do in their losses. Farmar has definitely improved his offense, which is great, but now he needs to improve his defense and make it more consistent.

  • LA Forever

    LakersFirst (Change) (Close)
    Dec 1st, 2007 at 7:20 pm
    LA Forever on December 1, 2007 at 6:33 pm said:

    LakersFirst (Change) (Close)
    Dec 1st, 2007 at 1:04 pm
    Farmar is definitely a future starter. He’s very quick like Tony Parker, however, he needs to work on his defense a bit more.

    no he has atleast 1.3 steals per game and did you see his game against pistons, in the 4th he came out big when they where down 6 with 3 steals. He is the best play on the la bench.

    His defense needs to be more consistent. Look at all 7 teams the Lakers have lost to, mainly because their lack of defense against the other teams’ point guards:

    Houston – Mike James (Lakers couldn’t stop him)
    New Orleans – Chris Paul (it was like nobody defended him)
    San Antonio – Tony Parker (again he worked the Laker guards)
    Milwaukee – Mo Williams (he began the Bucks’ forth quarter charge)
    Boston – Rondo (he was not the main contributor to the loss, but the Lakers couldn’t stop him)
    New Jersey – Jason Kidd (he stepped it up in the 2nd half. Laker guards couldn’t match).
    Utah – Deron Williams (he tore apart the Laker defense).

    Steals per game is NOT the only mark of a great defender. The mark of a point guard, as a great defender is stopping the other team point guard, (i.e. making him make difficult passes) which the Lakers have failed to do in their losses. Farmar has definitely improved his offense, which is great, but now he needs to improve his defense and make it more consistent.

    I know that steals dont only matter and yea Famar rdoes have to be consistent, give hims some slack he is only 21. Lakers did lose cuz of there bad defence but Farmar did not gaurd all the those pg the whole time, and Deron Williams only crossed over Fish.

  • ricky

    farmar is probably the most improved youngster on the lakers roster since last season and it really shows in games. no doubt that bynum has shown great improvement too, averaging a double-double so far this season. but i really have to give the most improved laker award to farmar right now because he shows great leadership and confidence off the bench and his shooting is at a surprisingly high percentage. last year, he lacked an outside game but with his intensive offseason practicing, he has greatly improved in shooting and it shows in games because he takes and makes a good amount of his 3 pointers. he is the future lakers pg, but dont count out crittenton though. until he gets his play time however, farmar is the future for our pg position. keep up the good work jordan! =]

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    [Comment ID #18469 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I completely understand that Farmar is only 21. I think he’s going to be a good point guard for a long time (I think the Lakers NEED to hold on to him). However, if he wants to be a GREAT POINT GUARD, he needs to also work on his defense a little bit more. I never said that Fisher is not to blame either. Personally, I feel that other than the Phoenix game, Fisher’s defense againt the opposition point guards has been poor. He too needs to tighten up his defense.

  • foxxy

    YEAH FAMAR PLAYS OK,BUT WOULD LOVE TO SEE CRITT GET SOME PLAYING TIME. AND HE IS TALLER THAN FAMAR…6’5….WE COULD USE HIM….AND WHY DID WE TRADE FOR ARIZA AND THEN NOT PLAY HIM………..WHATS UP PHIL????????????????????????