Lakers News: Jordan Farmar Says He ‘Hates Losing Atmospheres’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="231"] When Jordan Farmar agreed to take less money to re-join the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it's likely the Los Angeles native didn't [new_royalslider id="231"] When Jordan Farmar agreed to take less money to re-join the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it's likely the Los Angeles native didn't Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Jordan Farmar Says He ‘Hates Losing Atmospheres’

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When Jordan Farmar agreed to take less money to re-join the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it’s likely the Los Angeles native didn’t envision being part of a team that is 21 games under .500 and out of the playoff picture. Prior to signing with the then New Jersey Nets, Farmar spent four seasons with the Lakers, learning the culture and winning two NBA championships.

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With the Lakers clearly not contending for an NBA title this season, Farmar voiced his frustrations with how the season has gone following Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets:

The attitude of being content with losing that Farmar speaks of seemed to be present in the Lakers’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. As the Clippers blew the game open, several Laker players appeared to be going through the motions. Phil Jackson often half-heartedly criticized Farmar in years past for the point guard’s emotional play, but he has since matured and has been able harness it.

Aside from the losing record, Farmar has put together a productive year on a personal level. He’s averaging 9.9 points per game, which is just under his career-high of 10.4. Farmar is also shooting the ball well from 3-point territory, currently hitting 44.1 percent, which would set a new career-high for the seventh-year point guard. Despite his productivity, Farmar has only started five games, but he has often been the point guard on the floor in several fourth quarters. One reason that can possibly explain the low number of starts is Farmar’s bouts with two separate hamstring injuries.

To this point, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has resisted moving Farmar into the starting lineup, but with just 19 games remaining, coupled with Farmar’s level of play, that may soon change. Set to become a free agent in the summer, the final stretch of the season could have implications on the contract offers Farmar will receive.
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  • Elden Campbell

    Since Blake got traded, I would say he stepped in to become the leader of this team. Which makes me SMH at Pau, whom I really didn’t see him become the leader of this team. He may put up the big #’s and what not, but I expected more out of Pau with Kobe and Nash not on the floor. But big ups to Farmar, for leading this team. I know for sure he would like a change in the coaching staff!

    • Jim213

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  • Daryl Peek

    This is what I tried to warn the think tankers about. You become complacent and it infects everyone. We you let is set in too long it become a bad habit after bad habit that will not be fix quickly because there are so many things that have broken down. One fire get put out and another pops up….

    • Peekaboo

      That can be resolved with a high draft pick, return of Bryant, a new coaching staff and some shrewd free agent signings. One bad year won’t change the culture of a historic organization. This season will be a footnote in a few seasons as the Lakers contend for another championship. Don’t begrudge fans who just want a better chance for a highly valuable asset this offseason.

      • Daryl Peek

        It did with the Celtics. They embraced tanking in the mid to late 90′s and have not been the same as an organization since. Think about it? As great as Showtime was, in the 90′s the Lakers were still not close to the Celtic championship legacy. Between 1986 and 2014 they only have one championship. They tanked in 97 and are tanking again now. It often leads to a repeater offender plight.

        Kobe is not the 2006 Kobe anymore. Draft picks take at minimum 5-6 years to get on that championship performance level if you’re lucky to get one of the rare types. I don’t believe in gloom and doom for this team but I know what tanking can do via accepting that losing culture. This is what Farmar is speaking out against.

  • The Truth

    Mike D’amnPhony needs to go

    • Jim213

      It’d be best but it may not likely take place 50/50. The coach has another year remaining in his contract and given they’ll be rolling the red carpet for the one ‘who’d like to give fans their money’s worth’ it’s unlikely they’d rid themselves of another bad choice/contract. Thus, they’ll roll with it until the wheels come off at the expense of another mediocre season given the coach’s talents which goes for im[implementing defense.

      But don’t believe the fans @ Staples will roll with it too so you’ll possibly see many more empty seats while getting no more than 10-15 nationally televised games. Numbers would say they stand to lose more next season if things remain the same as opposed to losing a few million $$ with these bad contracts.

  • michael

    good job mike! We are getting a young talent and losing the rest of the team.

    I hope Farmar will come back next year, but it is unlikely.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I don’t think there is a pg available out there that is better than Farmar. He should be retained for the 2014 season until perhaps the team can trade for an elite pg that is better than Jordan in 2015. I don’t believe the FO will acquire anyone of significant value this summer as I think they are saving their cap space for an all out assault in 2015 or maybe holding some for 2016 when the likes of Durant becomes available. Hopefully they can draft someone who is talented enough who can help. However I don’t place much hope on a rookie to contribute significantly. The last rookies I remember doing that was Magic and Bird. Kobe had to wait a year or two and so did LeBron.

  • 3339

    dantoni an awful coach and has created this losing atmosphere. the players are lost. Lakers need to fire him and bring in someone to restore a hard working environment that a big time free agent will want to be a part of. who wants to join this chaotic mess right now?

  • Joudon YahRamaat Hope

    Look Lakers.. you won’t find balance in a team if the players don’t respect the coach. The business move of letting all your veterinarian players go isn’t a very smart move. The dantoni system is not working. Sorry to say this but I work in the medical and people shouldn’t make decisions under chemotherapy. First the memory goes . Etc. I have never seen so many bad business moves in my life of being a Lakers fan since I was child. Get it right or change the business.

    • vdogg

      so if my parakeet is feeling under the weather, i should call steve blake? OK, got it.

  • Bull>Lion

    Teams gotta do what they gotta do.Whether it be tanking or severing ties with a coach or trading a player.Whatever happens,happens.Never question a team for tanking it works just look at the Spurs and Thunder they both tanked like crazy to get to where they are at today.Spurs got David Robinson and Sean Elliot and Tim Duncan by tanking.OKC Thunder got Kevin Durant,Russell Westbrook,James Harden by tanking and now they are still on top without James Harden.Tanking is the best route to go to rebuild into a championship contender with the new CBA in place.Forget pride screw your pride it’s about the future of the Lakers.

  • Lakers Fan

    When you have a season like this, ridiculed with injuries, you just want the season to be over. When the season 1st started, we all had high hopes for our team because they were playing better than most expected. Never did we think we would be hit with this amount of injuries. When things like this happen and you know that you have a chance of getting a franchise player in a draft, that’s when the tanking thought and mentality come in. When you lose all hope in a season, that’s when a tanking thought and mentality come in. I give MDA his props for giving these players a chance to shine, but he lacks in his leadership role. He has to demand his team play better instead of make excuse after excuse after every game. I’ve grown tired of it and so has 3/4, if not all, of this Lakers fan base. I’m not letting the players off the hook, because they are just as responsible for the atrocious defensive effort they put forth on a nightly basis. But this will all fall on the coach’s plate because as I said, he is the leader of this team. He has to demand his players to play defense and have some type of dignity for themselves and this organization. Neither dignity or defense has been shown majority, if not all, of the season, and out record shows for it. The injuries were just the icing on the cake, and that’s why we are in the position we are in. In the end, if we want to get some discipline and get back into championship contention, we have to let MDA go. It would be great if Jim Buss could go too, but unfortunately that’s not gonna happen.

  • roseducanna

    Look back LAKERS , coach, no one look durty like coach MDA(shape) .

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