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Jordan Farmar Said He Learned How To Lead While Playing In Turkey

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The Los Angeles Lakers brought back Jordan Farmar over the summer as a reliable point guard that helped them win two consecutive titles in 2009 and 2010. Farmar took a brief hiatus from the NBA by playing overseas, and now the guard has returned to the league better than ever.

Farmar will be backing up Steve Nash this upcoming season, and the Lakers will surely benefit from his young legs and explosiveness. The Lakers are a fairly old team, and they will be using Farmar very often when playing some of the tougher teams in the Western Conference.

Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters spoke to the former UCLA Bruin about how much he grew as a player after staying overseas (video below).

It was the first time in my professional career where I got to carry a team, he said of Turkish team Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games. I was taking and making big shots. I was at the free throw line at the end of games.

I was responsible for how we were going to perform as a team because I had a lot of the load. I never had that as a professional yet. Just going through that, I think gave me a lot more opportunity to see what works, to learn my game, to just figure myself out as a player and a person.

Los Angeles will be expecting a lot out of Farmar this upcoming season, and the coaching staff is hoping he can produce on both ends of the court as well as run the offense as designed.

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  • Paytc


    I was skeptical about how you would fit in this year? I thought you were a decent player in your first stint as a Laker. I had some doubts about how much of a true impact player you could be in the NBA

    It makes me recall the statement Kareem made when he said… “potential has a shelf life”. In my opinion watching your play I see a player determined to get better. Determined to make a positive impact.

    It sounds like your experience with the Turkish team has helped you matured and tap into more of your potential. Where I once had reservations, I now have no hesitations wanting you on the floor as a Laker with the ball in your hands.

    I think you are ready to take on more of a leadership role, and the team could use a few more quality leaders. When I called on the team,each and every player to “STEP UP ” I was calling out to those with self confidence. I am glad you are “stepping up” to the challenge of leadership and accountability. Go Famar ! Go Lakers !

    • Paytc

      I just thought I would echo my past sentiments and again tell Famar to keep working hard to get better. To the entire Laker team (especially the bench) cheers to a job well done in game number 1 . Keep “STEPPING UP “to the challenge….. Go Lakers !

  • jeremy

    farmar getting those big min and being some what of the man on the team in turkey. really help him mature and grow as a player. it really shows in preseason. lakers now dont have much of a worry about PG depth as they did last season

  • MiT-Chell Nacario

    Did he get a ring in Turkey??????????????????????????????

  • Paytc

    I think the fans need to be giving Famar a few more props !

    Daryl, actually I think Famar’s ability to handle high minutes at the PG position at a high level on both sides of the ball will be most critical to the Lakers success. PG continues to be a position of major concern each season since Derek Fisher had the spot on lock.

    Famar obviously you have the most youth and athleticism of the 3 PG’s on the team. You are by far most likely of the 3 to be able to log heavy minutes and play at a high level most effectively for 82 games.

    No slight to Nash or Blake but Famar most shoulder the heaviest load of the 3 if we want to be successful this season. Unless of course we pick up someone even more capable than what we have. That’s how I see things but I will be pulling for whoever we put on the floor.

    Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      Again to all who “STEPPED UP ” keep working hard to get better . It is just a matter of time before your efforts will reward your bank accounts.

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