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Jordan Farmar says chance to play for D’Antoni helped his decision to return to the Lakers

Sep 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Jordan Farmar was a member of two championship teams in four seasons during his first tour of duty with the Lakers, albeit in a reserve role. He clashed with Phil Jackson at times, and felt constrained by what he was expected to do within the Triangle offense.

Farmar always felt like he was capable of contributing so much more, and he should get that opportunity under Mike D’Antoni this time around.

In fact, the chance to play for the Lakers’ current head coach was one of the reasons Farmar chose to make his NBA return at this time.

From Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times:

Playing for D’Antoni, Farmar said, was a motivating factor to give up the money he would have gotten in Turkey.

“I had to just go on and give myself an opportunity, because I think I have a great opportunity for me to contribute a lot and just be kind of what they’re looking for,” he said.

“At the time when I left, I was a free agent. We had won back-to-back championships and I was 23 years old, so I really wanted a chance to grow and live outside of L.A. and do a few different things in my career. But this time around I felt this is an amazing fit, first and foremost, coming back home and playing for Coach D’Antoni right now and bringing whatever I can bring to the table and help the team. It’s just being more prepared to handle what’s going to be asked of me.”

Farmar made a financial sacrifice to return to the Lakers, and coming back to the iconic franchise to play in his hometown again was obviously appealing for a variety of reasons.

But D’Antoni’s presence on the sidelines, it appears, was no small factor in that decision.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    C’mon Ears, chance to come back home and play in the NBA again was the deciding factor. John Kuester could have been the coach and you would still have signed.

    Seriously hope and pray though that Coach plays him, and makes him the full time backup PG and keeps Steve Blake at bay on the pine and can refrain from ever playing him over 20 min. a night ever again. I think Farmar is the perfect backup PG and I look forward to somewhat of a career resurrecting season from him.

    • nativetexan2012 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Right. Playing for D’Antoni could not have been a factor. Right.

  2. lakerade - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    The chance to showcase oneself is the main draw of being on this season’s Lakers for just about everyone on the roster for several reasons:
    1. It’s a contract year for almost everyone.
    2. There are no championship expectations.
    3. Besides the system itself, there is no certainty of production in this team’s offense (defense not a topic of discussion, surprise surprise). The known stars are all older and recovering and thus will pace somewhat, the new guys have no real track record of sustained production, Young perhaps excepted.

    The true tests for this team will be when the offense isn’t clicking or during close games. How they come together in those moments as opposed to staying mired in the existing mercenary ambiance will determine the success of this team, quite a challenge given all the stated reasons to “get mine”. Farmar’s case epitomizes this as he even gave up guaranteed money for the opportunity to showcase.

  3. trollaikman8 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This guy is garbage.

  4. imakcds - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    What you get with Farmar, is someone who is serious about his business.
    He first showed up as a rookie in business suits: he was going to Work, this ain’t no game.
    He was a surprise draft choice, because he did not fit the Phil Jackson triangle, and lacked defense as a smallish pg.
    I’m looking for him to come in and do his job, unlike alot of players who are just waiting for a check.
    He is a D’Antoni type pg, and he worked on his defense in Turkey. He is noticeably more muscular, he’s no longer just a kid.

  5. unfly - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    This was probably the first anyone’s said that ever

  6. uscoach - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Shows his ridiculousness valuing D’Antoni over Jackson

    • nativetexan2012 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      He prefers the D’Antoni system. I imagine most players in the league would agree. Nothing ridiculous about that. The Triangle makes a PG irrelevant. Not surprising that he would rather play in an offense that revolves around the PG. That doesn’t mean he “values” D’Antoni over Jackson.

  7. raycharlesj - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Look at those ears, talk about a guy who can hear a fly piss on cotton!!! ha ha ha from around the corner!!!!

  8. nativetexan2012 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Imagine that. A guy who wants to play for D’Antoni. I thought no player would want to come to LA as long as D’Antoni was coaching. At least that’s what a lot of fans like to say. I think anyone who knows anything about D’Antoni and his system realizes that most players would have no problem playing for MDA.

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