I noted in a blog post after Game 7 that Vujacic was unhappy that Farmar didn’t pass the ball in a transition attack to the left corner, where Vujacic stood alone and waiting in his usual spot-up location, choosing instead to bounce the ball toward more traffic and the right wing for Shannon Brown. The pass was behind Brown and resulted in a turnover. (Farmar did pass the ball to the right corner for Vujacic to make his next basket, however.)
I noted in a column after Game 6 that Farmar turned to the Lakers’ bench after Vujacic tried and failed to create a scoring chance for himself on a pinch-post jumper and appealed to the coaches to pull Vujacic. As he was doing so, Farmar noticed Phil Jackson already had Brown ready at the scorer’s table to sub for Vujacic for a previous misdeed, and Farmar nodded in agreement.
One might find it noteworthy that Farmar would lean toward Brown, a newcomer and someone who took away much of his playing time earlier, over Vujacic. You could argue that Farmar should simply go for the hotter hand in trying to win instead of worrying about getting his struggling teammate untracked, but obviously there are more layers to it.
We know opponents and teammates alike can get annoyed with Vujacic, but he has supporters on the team with the way Kobe Bryant backed him in his post-Game 7 news conference and how Vujacic paused in his shooting program to talk briefly with Pau Gasol about pending post-practice lunch plans in Hermosa Beach.
Edited by MDI, May 19, 2009 - 09:05 AM.