MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)�€”A doctor recommended surgery for Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, who hurt his left knee last week against the Miami Heat.
Team doctor Steve Lombardo examined Farmar on Monday in Los Angeles and confirmed the guard has a torn lateral meniscus. The team said Farmar has not decided whether to have surgery, and it�€™s unclear how long he will be out.
�€œWe�€™re not happy about it, obviously, but this is what we go through in an NBA season,�€� Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. �€œThat�€™s why we have a roster. We have guys who can play, and backup people who can help. We hope we get guys to support us now that Jordan is gone and will be for a while.�€�
Farmar was hurt Friday in the fourth quarter of the Lakers�€™ 89-87 loss to the Heat. The former UCLA star was averaging 7.9 points and 2.4 assists in nearly 20 minutes backing up Derek Fisher.
Because Farmar could be out for 6-8 weeks, Jackson said the Lakers were considering acquiring a player with quickness and speed to help spell Fisher in his absence.
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Jackson said the Lakers will discuss adding another point guard to help spell Fisher as they have one spot open on their roster.
"I doubt that we'd bring in a two-guard because we're really looking at someone who can help Fish manage his time," Jackson said.
"The numer of small gaurds in the league has increased significantly so we probably look at someone with that quickness and that speed and that size."
With rumors swirling that Jordan Farmar could need surgery, veteran possibilities for the Lakers include Tyronn Lue and even Jannero Pargo.
Los Angeles could also wait and see how Sasha Vujacic does after moving from shooting guard to backup ballhander.
"I think Sasha can push that ball with a level that's OK," coach Phil Jackson said. "Decision-making, that's a different story."
Edited by m4mb4 24, December 23, 2008 - 02:06 PM.