Jordan Farmar, a former Laker and UCLA Bruin who grew up in the Valley, will be re-joining the Lakers after spending last season playing in Turkey. El Segundo, CA. 7/19/2013(John McCoy/LA Daily News
Below is the seventh in a series previewing the storylines surrounding each player on the Lakers’ roster for the 2013-14 season. This post focuses on Lakers backup point guard Jordan Farmar.
1. Will Farmar become the primary backup point guard? Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni may have always felt Steve Blake would make the perfect player in his system for his play-making abilities. But Farmar has such qualities too, ranging from his aggressiveness, quickness, driving abilities and outside shooting. It’s highly plausible Farmar, 28, could surpass Blake, 34, on the depth chart or at at least eat minutes away from him for reasons beyond any possible injuries.
My hunch is that D’Antoni will plan to have an open mind in training camp with the intent to give them an equal share of minutes. But if one significantly outshines the other, that player will have a more prominent bench role. Neither Farmar nor Blake should feel worried, however, about not having a role. D’Antoni said he’s planning to have an 11-player rotation, and it’s possible both Blake and Farmar will play at shooting guard as well.
2. Farmar should enjoy the Lakers more this time around. Despite being a key bench piece in the Lakers securing back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, Farmar sounded very eager afterwards as a free agent to leave Los Angeles. The Taft and UCLA standout lived here his whole life. Farmar wanted to start. And he believed Phil Jackson’s triangle offense restricted his play-making abilities. After two-year stint with the Nets and an overseas gig in Turkey, Farmar sounds ready to be back in Los Angeles.
One, he’s married and has two daughters, including a new born. Second, his talents cater more to D’Antoni’s system than Jackson’s. Third, Farmar has gained added perspective from his other stints that makes him appreciate more what the Lakers can offer. With that mindset, it’s easy to predict that Farmar will adjust here pretty easily.