Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least the rest of this road trip. Farmar said his knee has been bothering him for a few weeks but was healing and feeling better until he re-aggravated it in Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat.
Farmar had an MRI Saturday in Orlando which revealed the tear. He will fly home to Los Angeles on Sunday, then be seen by several doctors in Los Angeles and determine the best course of action.
“It’s disappointing. You want to play ball. You work so hard to be ready, you want to go out there and help your team,” Farmar said before the Lakers game against Orlando Saturday night. “I felt I played well last night and was getting mentally back on track and ready to roll. It’s part of the game and it’s part of life. Setbacks come an there’s always going to be adversity. It’s how you deal with it. I’ll be fine.”
Farmar is the Lakers primary back-up at point guard. He’s been playing almost 20 minutes a game, averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson didn’t want to divulge the team’s plans, but it’s likely Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic would help fill the hole in the backcourt.