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Lakers News: Jordan Farmar ‘Still Has A Ways To Go’ To Return

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Jordan FarmarThe backcourt for the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a major blow recently with Jordan Farmar going down with injury that will keep them out a considerable amount of time.

Fortunately, an injury update on Farmar’s torn hamstring was provided on Monday with the veteran point guard showing progress in his rehab according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:

Jordan Farmar, who tore his left hamstring in the first quarter of a Dec. 1 loss to Portland, showed healing and improvement in the area in an additional ultrasound exam on Monday afternoon with Dr. Luga Podesta.

Despite the fact Farmar is showing improvement and will travel with the team during the upcoming road trip, the UCLA alum may still be out for a considerable amount of time before he’s able to start practicing once again:

Farmar “still has a ways to go” before he returns to practice or games, according to team spokesman John Black.

With Steve Nash still trying to get back on the floor after suffering another setback and Farmar potentially out for a few more weeks, the Lakers will continue to stick with Steve Blake as the starter. Kobe Bryant will help shoulder the load in the backcourt sharing some of the ball handling duties along with Blake, Nick Young and Xavier Henry.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Just a friendly suggestion but the Lakers should sign a Point Guard to help out in the absence of Jordan Farmar.Temporary backup point guard just to fill in until Farmar gets back.

    Also nothing wrong with adding a PG that can start next season or at least become the backup by developing in the Lakers D-League and Summer League teams.Kendall Marshall and D.J. seem to be the best two PG on the open marker although Manny Harris is a intriguing Guard worth monitoring.

    Lakers will get a backup PG eventually,patience is the key.Also a trade is a strong possibility to add a PG.Kyle Lowry is on the trade block right now,Lakers can try to get him.Jordan Farmar was playing great at the time of this damn injury.Get Well Soon.We need him back out there playing.We miss him and it shows.

    • Lakers Fan

      They should indeed sign a backup point guard. They can’t rely on Kobe to play point because that will disrupt the rhythm of the team. The system we are in is based heavily on a point guard. Although Kobe can play some point, we need to take it easy with him and let him play his game, which is ISO but only when we need him to. I mentioned this before when people were constantly talking about we don’t need to sign a point because Kobe will fill that role til Nash or Farmar come back. We need a backup bad, especially since it will be a while before Farmar will come back.

      It would also be nice if the could pull off a trade for Lowry. I don’t know exactly how they will do that, but it would be a great move for now and the future.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Kobe Bryant is a consummate professional willing to play any position the coach asks of him.Kobe is best suited to be the striker on the team.He is a great player and a one of a kind scorer.

        Yes Jordan Farmar is sorely missed but he will be back eventually.For now getting a temporary point guard is fruitful for MDA and the Lakers team.

        MDA requires a PG in his system.Kyle Lowry would look great in a Lakers uniform,he would become a instant fan favorite and we would all be voting him into the All Star game or at the very least he would be hyped up by the LA Lakers fan base and LA media.Kyle Lowry is very underrated and he is a great PG.

        • Zimmeredge

          kyle Lowry is a great player. but i don’t think he fits D’antoni’s offense. And eventhough he is a good defender I don’t think he’s a perfect match to play alongside Kobe Bryant.
          plus, it will be extremely complicated to pull up a trade for him regarding Nash’s situation (health AND high wage). what is sure is that the raptors will not waive him coz he is too good to be waived. they will consider a trade nothing less. if they can’t they just sit, they just wait for summer 14 and they let him go. simple as that.
          but sure we have to scout him and Isaiah Thomas for next free agency.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            True chances are it takes a special passer that fits The MDA system.More like a young Steve Nash or the modern day Steve Blake is what MDA prefers in a PG.

            Kyle Lowry would be a steal for the Lakers in a trade for Nash but as many say Toronto might not accept that offer because they want a better return than the one previously mentioned.Trades are tough to make in the NBA sadly.But i have faith in Mitch he can do it.

            Also Novak would have to get included in a deal if it is Nash heading home to Toronto,Canada to make the salaries match and also that would get the Raptors out of his contract.Plus the Raptors are reportedly tanking and dumping Kyle Lowry will help out the tanking process for Andrew Wiggins.

            MDA coached Novak in New York and he would be the stretch four IMO.But in reality Lakers are more likely to go the easy route and either stand pat which is not advised by me or possibly pickup some D-League PG.

            Not much else as far as options go.Hopefully in the off season the Lakers improve the PG spot tbh.I like Steve Blake but this is not going to last much longer he is 33 years old and looking for a nice well deserved payday.Jordan Farmar might be retained by the Lakers in the off season.I like Farmar he should stay tbh.

          • Zimmeredge

            that’s precisely the reason why we are all talking about Kendall Marshall. I think the guy could thrive into D’antoni’s offense eventhough he is a defensive liability. but he’s the perfect fit for our current need: a guy who’s coming off the bench behind Blake and Farmar. We do not need a starting pg imo.
            i don’t think the raptors are tanking the season yet tbh. I think they made some move for financial reasons and Rudy Gay was a big contract for them and he hampered their game with his ball hogging type of game. but it has nothing to do with the 2014 lottery. it’s too early in the season. even the cats and the cavs aren’t tanking. :D
            a trade for lowry including Nash would be extremely hard to make. But if we are targeting a stretch four (Steve Novak for example) I think we can trade Kaman for him imo
            Blake will remain in LA (as well as Farmar) but he will not get the same wage. Vet minimum for him. especially if we target a young pg in the draft (please fo scout this next draft carefully!). If Blake is released then go grab Lowry or Thomas from the FA. Why Thomas? because the Kings will target Marcus Smart or Dante Exum and so they won’t be able to propose a decent wage to Thomas this summer.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Well the Raptors are reportedly tanking according to some media reports from ESPN and National Post but that has no credence as of now since the games still need to be played to determine whether or not the Raptors are tanking or not.Raptors can make the playoffs in the East.

            Kyle Lowry is a excellent point guard but truthfully he has a score first mentality as does Thomas.But in the case of Thomas he is the best under six footer in the NBA currently.I wish the Lakers drafted Thomas,tbh the Lakers passed Thomas up 4 times in the 2011 NBA Draft.I remember being so disappointed when the Lakers never drafted Thomas.

            I was hoping he wouldn’t get drafted so we could invite him to Summer League.But it never happened Thomas is now tearing it up with the Kings.He was a stud at Washington and i used to watch some of his game when he was with the Huskies and he is one hell of a player in the Tiny Tim Hardaway mold.Lakers drafted Darius Morris,G-Lock and Majok and some other player in that draft.Thomas would have been perfect,hindsight being 20 20.

            Yes i agree on Kendall Marshall,his passing is amazing,he was a prodigy as passer in his youth days he was compared to Mark Jackson and John Stockton,but rumors persist Marshall has his heart set on playing for the 76′ers but then again those are only rumors and no credence to the published article by Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.I think Kendall Marshall is a very talented player and in the right system he will thrive.But yet again his heart might be set on playing in Philly.

          • Zimmeredge

            dj augustin is heading to windy city unfortunately.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Scratch him off the list sadly.

    • Jim213

      It’s a broken record talking about this given management still believes that it’s just a matter of time before Nash returns SMH. Not encouraging news but X should work on ball distribution/rotation for now to help the team develop better plays down the line IMO.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I don’t think we need another pg. The Lakers players are already used to Blake and Farmar and to bring another pg, it will screw things up. Everyone has to learn how the new pg operates and vice versa. Farmar should be back pretty soon. X can continue to be the back up, and of course Kobe can do the job sometime as he did last night.

      • Zimmeredge

        imo you’re just putting to much pressure on our current players and especially Kobe. they’ve found their spots inside that offense. you can ask them to play a different role during short moment but not during long stretches.
        talking about screwing things up? you’re already screwing things up because you’re messing with players’ assignement. Nash might not be able to play a single minute on basketball court ever. Blake+Famar = short rotation. Farmar is injury prone. Even if you add Kobe (he was not meant to play 28 minutes for his return…), You’re stretching players’ minutes and that’s risky.
        you can add a guy in that group. we have a 15th spot in the roster. you’ll give players the ability to rest and rely on each other to do their own duties. bring in dj, kendall or seth is a cautious move and a wise move.

        • Joseph Apohen

          By changing players assignment I don’t believe it is worse than bringing in a new guy who is totally new to the system and will take time to assimilate with the group. Kobe should not have played that many minutes. X should have been used longer as he was hot. If we are going to fill the 15th spot with a pg the best thing to do imo is to trade Nash, if there are any takers, and bring in a first line pg as a starter such as Conley, Bledsoe, Dragic, for now then eventually get rid of them for Westbrook, Rubio, Lillard, etc. when more money becomes available to the Lakers. I am getting ahead of myself and I am glad I am not the GM

  • LA MGT.

    management should seriously consider trading gasol, nash, and blake, the 3 weakest players in the team to contend for a playoff spot. the rate these 3 are going lakers might have a problem making the playoffs, mitch, buss better make moves hurry…

    • Jim213

      Per E S P N . com, Toronto shows interest in dishing out PG Kyle Lowry. A likely move to increase their odds to acquire Wiggins (Canadian) in the draft. Seeing as it’s a marketing move for Toronto, might as well try sending their beloved native son Nash + cash who’d increase the fan base aside of seats.

      • Jim213

        Bill Oram: OC Register

        Kaman’s been battling back pain, but said (BKN) he was ready to play. Even if healthy, he seems to have been bumped from rotation for now.
        ?!?

      • cj

        if i was the lakers i would offer tor nash for lowry and novak.

        nash would be a home coming and tor gets out of novaks deal.

      • cj

        or a three team deal between was-lal- tor

        tor- nash
        was- novak, kaman
        lal- lowry, arzia

        lakers new line up.

        lowery, kobe, arzia, pau, bob
        blake, meeks, young, wes, hill

        once farmar comes back he can fight with blake to get pt.

    • Zimmeredge

      that’s exaclty what we need!!!(irony!) trade our best pg at the moment and best passer and trade our best rebounder, our main offensive inside threat. that’s exactly what we have to do!

      • Lakers Fan

        I wouldn’t say trade Blake, but Pau is done. He might be our best rebounder, but what else do he provide? He’s awful on defense, shows no effort, doesn’t roll to the basket, and would rather take a jumper even when he isn’t making them. He’s a liability to the team, just like Nash. I love Pau as a person, but his game has deteriorated tremendously. It’s time to move on from him.

        I think he will be either gone at the deadline or at season’s end. Kaman could give us what Pau is giving us. At least he tries to play defense. Might not be good at it, but he shows effort. And he shoots a better percentage than Pau, inside and out.

        • Zimmeredge

          Ok so after what you just said, tell me sincerely who’s willing to make a trade for 19m$ Gasol right now?
          now with his craft and all he his way better than Kaman.
          I might wanna get rid of Pau but as of right now i can’t imagine him leaving via trade during the season.

      • Dragon7s

        Sarcasm duly noted. ;)

  • Jose

    The Lakers don’t need any trades at this time. We as fans over value the players on our team and try to make things fit but Nash won’t be traded neither will Kaman but the rumors will always be there. The truth is the Lakers need to hold their course and not take any long term deals until the off season then you go after a younger front court and resign the young guns they already have (Johnson, Henry, Meeks, Farmar). I would include Hill but he seems to be injury prone and is better suited to be the energy guy off the bench rather than a starter so the salary he will command next off season may be too high for the Lakers. Also I think they should not try and get a superstar player simply because the only one that will really be available will take up way too much of the teams salary. They need to go after a couple guys that will not demand quite so high a price tag and you can get 2 or 3 players for what you pay a guy like Melo. Let’s say you can add Turner and Hawes. Maybe add Monroe which could be a possibility since Detroit may not be able to match what he will be offered. I thought about this quite a bit and if the Lakers were to just ride this out they will be in a very good position as long as they don’t bring in that second superstar that everyone thinks they would need. If for some reason the lakers can’t bring in any upgrades then just do what was done this year a give out a bunch of one year deals and take a run at the next off season. Besides that off season you have more talent becoming available.

    • Daryl Peek

      I dig your thought process. It’s much the same as what I’ve been trying to tell most on this site. The only thing I differ with you on is change by the trade deadline. Unless Nash hangs them up the FO has to make some kind of move to shed about 5 mil of luxury tax overage. If they don’t the team looses MLE exceptions and will be restricted in FA additions next season.

      • Dragon7s

        We all know this is going to happen…it’s just a matter of when and who goes.

        As sad as it is to type this, I hope that Nash medically retires but I also don’t see it happening until closer to the trade deadline so as not to tip the Lakers’ hand in any kind of trade discussions.

      • Jose

        Ok I had not taken that into consideration and I guess you are correct but really athletes have a hard time hanging them up due to ego or whatever and I just don’t see Nash walking away and who would trade for a shell of what once was Steve Nash? I hope that they can pull a rabbit out of the hat and make something work. Either way I am a Laker fan and will be watching all season long rooting and hoping they do well.

    • Dragon7s

      I agree that the remaining salary cap next season should be focused on bringing in less-than-max players that fit the style of play of MDA.

      Despite all the armchair critics, Mitch has an eye for talent and a coach that is very good (the best?) at developing talent that other teams have given up on.

      • Jose

        I agree that Mitch has done well in the past and will keep doing well for the Lakers. I just hope he does it soon so that the Lakers reach the pinnacle again.

      • Daryl Peek

        100% agree with y’all on this! I’ve been taking a beating for this stance since MDA was hired. The we want Phil lifers wont give MDA or Jimmy a break and have turned on Mitch also. Everyone but Jeanie is the enemy.

        • Dragon7s

          Phil’s system requires at least TWO superstars with a very good supporting cast around them while MDA’s system maximizes the talent of lesser players.
          The fact that MDA has never won a ring with that system has some (most?) Laker fans blinded to it’s obvious advantages with the current CBA.

          • Daryl Peek

            Actually the triangle is much like the Princeton in that it’s a system that hides lesser talented players while giving everyone a chance to stand out collectively. See role players like BJ, Paxson, Fisher, Sasha, ETC… Phil found a way to augment Tex’s triangle with MJ and Kobe. The triangle was a system built to feature the center at inception. Coach Wooden used triangle principles with Kareem and Walton. The boring routine of it was the similarity. The elite center piece was the key.

            MDA is a Pop like groomer of young players. I’d even go as far to say he’s better. MDA has not won it all due to not paying attention to the rebounding part of the NBA game. You can run all day long scoring, but if you don’t take care of the boards you will lose in a seven game playoff series.

            Showtime was not much different than the D’Antoni system when it comes to pace. Riley was a staunch believer in rebounds and gritty defense. Rambis is the hope I had in helping MDA understand this.

          • Dragon7s

            I believe we’ve seen the affect that Rambis has had on the defense, the Lakers play very good defense given the dearth of talented defensive players on the team.

            Let’s hope that Rambis can get Kobe to buy into the system.
            Hell, he even got Swaggy to D up!

          • Daryl Peek

            True LOL

  • Daryl Peek

    Lakers starters tonight: Blake, Meeks, Bryant, Williams and Gasol. –Kevin Ding

    MDA is going small ball with experience and familiarity. I’m not sure How I feel about Johnson being removed? But Meeks is a better fit with Kobe and Williams will be much better at chasing the Morris twins and or Frye then Sacre or Hill would. I can see Sacre falling out of tonight’s rotation given our opponent.

    • Dragon7s

      I know it’s not their style but I’d really like to see if Pau is the player that we think he can be and pound the ball inside against Plumlee. The Suns have no interior presence and if the Lakers simply try to match the Suns shot for shot, it seems to be a crapshoot as to which team comes out on top because of who might have the hot shooters.
      If that’s the way MDA chooses to go (however unlikely), I could see Sacre getting significant minutes if Plumlee is in foul trouble.

      • Daryl Peek

        Pau has had the freedom to exercise that low post right all season. He’s chose not to for some reason? Let’s hope he knuckles up now that his partner in crime, Kobe is back on the court with him.

        Frye is a better than advertised low post presence.

        • Dragon7s

          That’s the crux of it in a nutshell.
          He’s had the freedom to do that yet time after time we see him going away from the basket to take that inefficient mid-range jumper.
          Something has to change, either he’s the Center he longed (begged(?)) to be or he was blowing smoke with his complaints last season about being played as a stretch 4.

          • Daryl Peek

            As a loyal Gasol defender, there’s part of me that still wants to believe injury is the reason for his unwillingness to roll VS pop in the PNR offense. I also try to hold that same belief about his weakness in post ups.

            I must admit, the excuses are getting hard to keep up. (sigh) Pau just has to knuckle up like he did at the end of last season. This is why I’m so baffled at how bad he looks so far?!? His body language is the most frustrating thing? It borderline pisses me off many times!

            I wonder if Pau got too comfortable deferring to Bynum and Howard over the years as the dominant low post focus? They often did the heavy lifting for Pau and he always got his numbers on the boards but the fine tuned eye test always showed his was not a dominant low post forcefulness. MDA pointed to this when referring to the Gasol, Hill dynamic.

          • Dragon7s

            Personally, I think it has to do with the wear and tear on his body after so many seasons and some complacency at the same time for the same reason.
            There used to be a fire in his eyes when he got the ball down low…or even further out when he’d dribble drive to the basket with a ferocity that said “I’m unstoppable!”

            We’ve not seen that Pau for quite awhile and, frankly, that’s sad.

          • Daryl Peek

            Given he’s only 33, which is not old IMO, I’ve always held out hope Pau would eventually come back to form. Pau will never be a dominant force down low. He never really was. Pau was a finesse player in Memphis. He found a heart he never truly had playing with Kobe under Phil. His best low post production came after the 2008 Gasoft pummeling he took personal. Now it seems he’s just tired of fighting it.

          • Dragon7s

            HIm tired of “fighting it” is what has me worried he won’t be a Laker next season and might not even make it as a Laker past the trade deadline this season.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed. Especially given MDA wants a big that will roll… Kobe is Pau’s only trump card and we’ve already seen that usurped before.

          • Dragon7s

            I think it would be an interesting twist to the offense if Kobe became the roll man in the PnR.
            Given his aversion to setting picks (or taking charges) I don’t see it happening but I think it could be very effective.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yeah I don’t see that either, tho Kobe has shown he’d take charges from time to time since the Brown hiring. It’ will never be a consistent diet tho.

            I can’t see him not wanting the ball in his hands either. This is the Nash/PG centered offense million dollar question? I really wanted to see how that was gonna play out last year without injury.

          • Dragon7s

            I’m holding onto the hope that Kobe becomes the ‘elder statesman’ that he purported to be while recovering from his injury and not revert to the “I have to do everything” mentality that stagnates an offense like MDA’s.

            If he were to sit back and let the game come to him, his BB IQ would allow him to become much more effective and to make the players around him that much better.
            It’s that lack of making other players around him better that has me listing Magic as my choice as Laker GOAT, followed by Kobe. (No disrespect meant to KAJ by saying that either.)

          • Daryl Peek

            Umm? Touchy on the GOAT thing. Everyone has a personal bias. As of today I remain conflicted between KAJ and Magic. Magic was the all encompassing Showtime catalyst. I’ve always leaned towards him due to that. KAJ was the half-court glue offensively and defensive anchor as an OLD center in a young center dominant era. I have the utmost respect for that.

            If Kobe can find a way to get these Lakers back to the promised land and win one over the next few seasons, I might have trouble keeping KAJ and Magic on top of the Laker mountain.

          • Dragon7s

            “KAJ was the half-court glue offensively and defensive anchor as an OLD center in a young center dominant era.”
            “Young center dominant” implies inexperience and only magnifies KAJ’s ability to dominate the paint, i.e. he was playing against less than stellar opposition.
            Please don’t misread that, KAJ’s talents and his ability to adjust his game with age are indisputable but let’s not overdo it when we all know he played against inferior interior opponents, much as Bill Russell and Wilt did.

          • Daryl Peek

            I wouldn’t call Moses Malone, Darryl Dwakins, Caldwell Jones, Bob Lanieer, Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale, Bill Cartwright, Bill Laimbeer, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem, Sampson, Jack Sickma, Wes Unseld, Tree Rollins and Artis Gilmore less than stellar.

            Were they Wilt or Russell? No but these are still some of the best big men in NBA history KAJ had to check on a nightly.

            The old VS. young was not a literal reference. Most of the young guns like Hakeem and Ewing were very good early as players were not making the high school jump just yet back then. Just saying

          • Dragon7s

            Nearly half of those you mentioned were PF’s and not matched up against KAJ. And some of the others were absolutely less than stellar. Let’s compare apples to apples if we’re going to compare the ‘talent’ that KAJ had to play against in the last years of his career.

            And please note, I’m not denigrating his career at all…he was, IMO, the greatest C of all time (sorry to any Russell apologists out there).

          • Daryl Peek

            McHale, Dawkins And Sampson were the only PF/C of the group. They all were big PF/C’s that manned the 5 also. Lets not argue the schematics. Almost all of these guys are NBA HOFer’s and those that weren’t were very solid in their time.

            IMO that was the greatest era of centers KAJ played in from about 72 til he retired. I understand your not dissing Kareem but his contemporaries were of the best in league history, that’s all I’m saying.

  • rik

    lakers can nab lowry from TOR. Blake and kaman for lowry and perhaps a throw in contract.
    Lakers new lineup:
    PG: Lowry
    SG: Meeks
    SF: Kobe
    PF: Williams
    C: Gasol
    Bench:
    PG: Farmar/ Nash
    SG: Xavier
    SF: Young
    PF: Johnson/ Kelly
    C: Hill/ Sacre

  • Moneyball Suns

    Toronto is not going to trade Kyle Lowry for Steve Nash cause he’s from Canada. Give up future for a guy that did well in Phx and only has a year or two in the tank… Lakers would need to give more young talent but that would kill their future… Hypothetically speaking Nash gets traded back to Phx for “a” pick and he fits a role off the bench and every old player needs a training staff like the Suns have!

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