Jordan Farmar 'in a great place' back on Lakers' bench
First Quotes from Article: http://www.lakersnat...ity/2013/09/06/
After winning two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan Farmar was frustrated about his role in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and decided to leave his hometown for the New Jersey Nets.
Although he didn’t want to leave the Lakers, he felt it was important for him to grow as a player, according to the Los Angeles Times:
“I just felt at that point, after four years in the NBA and two rings, that my role wasn’t going to be changing and I was playing the same role. I needed to give myself a chance to grow, or at least to give myself a shot and see what could happen.”
At age 26, Farmar returns as a more mature individual and is excited about the opportunity to play with the Lakers under head coach, Mike D’Antoni:
“This time around I felt this is an amazing fit, first and foremost, coming back home and playing for Coach D’Antoni right now and bringing whatever I can bring to the table and help the team.”
Second Quotes from the Article itself: http://www.latimes.c...n#axzz2e8xOiAsn
Farmar, a product of Woodland Hills Taft High and two years at UCLA, began his career with the Lakers and contributed to their title runs in 2009 and 2010 as a backup point guard. He departed as a free agent but has come home again, now 26 and more confident and mature.
"I'm in a great place," he said a few days ago, meaning not just Southern California but the mind-set he developed the past three years.
In 2010 he was frustrated over playing a secondary role in Phil Jackson's triangle offense, which didn't suit Farmar's game. His journey took him to New Jersey, where he averaged 9.6 and 10.4 points per game in two seasons, and during the lockout to Tel Aviv, where he reconnected with his Jewish heritage.
He followed the Lakers closely, staying up until the wee hours in Europe to watch them on TV. But not until Jackson retired and was replaced — by Mike Brown, who was replaced by Mike D'Antoni — was the situation right for Farmar to return to the Lakers, or for them to want him back. They paid his Turkish team $500,000 to buy out the rest of a contract potentially worth $10 million, and he took a one-year NBA deal for $1.1 million.
To him, it made perfect sense.
"Being a Laker is special to me," he said.
In D'Antoni's point guard-driven, up-tempo offense, Farmar can play to his strengths on the pick-and-roll. He can push the ball and make plays, providing a young, athletic alternative to the aging Steve Nash and last season's backup, Steve Blake.
Playing for D'Antoni, Farmar said, was a motivating factor to give up the money he would have gotten in Turkey.
"I had to just go on and give myself an opportunity, because I think I have a great opportunity for me to contribute a lot and just be kind of what they're looking for," he said.
And no, he said firmly, he has no regrets about leaving.
"Hindsight is 20-20 and you can say if I'd stayed, Phil Jackson quit the next year and it would have been a good opportunity for me. Who knows? At that time I had to make a decision that was right in front of me," Farmar said.
"Phil Jackson was very comfortable with Derek Fisher staying in the role that he had been playing. I just felt at that point, after four years in the NBA and two rings, that my role wasn't going to be changing and I was playing the same role. I needed to give myself a chance to grow, or at least to give myself a shot and see what could happen."
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You know we constantly talk about what people may potentially or wouldn't want to play in D'antoni's offense.
But when we look at this off-season part of the reasons we've signed some of these guys does have to do with them feeling like the offense we'll be running suits them. Farmar is no exception. After years of playing in the triangle and feeling like he was never gonna get a shot over Fisher and hated handcuffing his game he left to go expand his game and mature his game. The only reason he's back is not just because of his love for the Lakers but he feels the offense is gonna fit him.
It seems it doesn't come down to respect of the coach AS MUCH as it does to "does this offense fits me" nowadays, and an uptempo pick and roll based offense is something that appeals to the likes of Farmar, Young, Johnson etc.
I wish it was the opposite at times but it is not. What we seem to be doing is building the offense in a way where it can be slowed for the likes of Kobe, Nash, Gasol. And be up tempo for everyone else.
66% of our team is in it's 20s right now(10 of the 15 players we've signed thus far). The only guys over 30 we have are Nash, Kobe, Gasol, Blake, Kaman.
Obviously for our centers like Gasol and Kaman we're gonna see more pick and roll in the half court set and less floor running. For Kobe especially we'll see less floor running as well as with Nash.
But for the likes of Hill, Farmar, Young, Johnson, Meeks, Harris, Williams we'll probably play more up tempo, particularly with our bench unit. I don't mind that in the slightest. But at the end of the day I want to see what we bring into training camp and how he tries to form the offense.
Whether it works or not we'll probably be able to tell within the first week of the season(of course depending if Kobe is back)
BUT for the pre-season I pretty much see us running and gunning, particularly because Young is gonna be the 2 instead of Kobe who likely won't return in pre-season even if he physically can and will be spending time getting into Mamba shape as well as I can see us sitting Nash a few pre-season games which means starting Farmar or Blake and the guys we've brought into camp is a bunch of 20 year olds so... our 2nd unit and people fighting for a spot on the team will likely be running fast paced and up tempo offense.
Will be a fun pre-season team to watch at least
Anyway back to Farmar, I'm glad to have him back and I think he will excel in the offense with our bench unit and it seems he feels that way too, or he wouldn't be here. That and his love for the organization in general
Edited by Majesty, September 06, 2013 - 02:47 PM.