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Lakers’ Jordan Farmar out another month with new hamstring tear

Jan 1, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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The Lakers’ journey through this season is starting to resemble Odysseus’ trip home from Troy.

Just four games after returning from a hamstring tear, point guard Jordan Farmar has suffered another hamstring tear, this one is expected to keep him sidelined for a month, the Lakers have announced.

Farmar came back from his last injury as quickly as he could because the Lakers were already without Steve Nash and Steve Blake due to injuries. Is Farmar’s new injury related to the old one, as often can happen with hamstrings? The Lakers spun it this way, officially.

Although the hamstring tear is in the same leg, this tear is in a different location than the tear that Farmar suffered on December 1, which kept him out three-and-a-half weeks.

However I think this comment from Farmar after the Lakers ugly loss to the Bucks New Year’s Eve speaks volumes.

The Lakers are now basically screwed at the point guard spot. Nash, Blake and now Farmar are out, and last time that happened the Lakers leaned heavily on Xavier Henry to play the point, but he is out now with a bone bruise to his right knee. Kobe Bryant remains out with his knee fracture, he certainly can be a ball handler when healthy.

That leaves the Lakers with shooting guard Jodie Meeks and D-League call up Kendall Marshall to play the point. If you think Marshall is a great option, remember that Mike D’Antoni said he played Henry in front of Marshall because Henry was the better point guard. And Henry is not a point guard.

The Lakers seriously have to consider the option of making a run deep into the lottery at this point. Kobe and the organization may balk at that idea, it is not how the Lakers operate, but this year with this draft it seems the smartest way to build for the future. The Lakers wanted to see if they could salvage this season when everyone got healthy, but as they fall back in a deep Western conference the odds of that become less and less likely. They have to consider the ugly step of tanking.

  1. deavn - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Damn, the Lakers can’t keep a PG. I actually feel sorry for them.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      I dont.

  2. beavertonsteve - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Your new starting PG for the Los Angeles Lakers…. Robert Sacre!

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Sounds about right. That’s all we seem to have left!

  3. jkaflagg - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Hard to believe that Kendall Marshall is considered a complete bust after less than 2 years in the league… much for savvy scouting and player development.

    • limonadamas - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      He looks reasonably good to me. He’s got really good court vision and can make outside shots if he’s wide open.

      Besides running players into the ground, this is precisely what I don’t like about D’Antoni… instead of developing guys and building confidence, he often denigrates them in the media. It can work in certain situations, but D’Antoni hasn’t shown the ability to switch gears.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Injuries and Lakers are synonymous the last two years. I’m surprised we don’t have Derrick Rose and Greg Oden on our team, smh.

    • loungefly74 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      its hard for me to ever say “tank”…

      an article about tanking (why its bad)…couldn’t put the complete link due to the F word in the title…do a search…”fantaking”

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        Hell yeah, that was a good article! Sums up how I feel.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    C’mon Mikey, give Kendall a real chance for at least a few games!

  6. apkyletexas - Jan 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    LA Knicks.

  7. juiceonfire - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Naw the lakers just need to stop holding onto gasol and dump him for picks or other players that are younger and fill in holes for now.

  8. sportsfan18 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Kobe resigning for all that money for the next two years has cursed the Lakers!

    I love it!

    In order to save players for next year, the Lakers should just forfeit their remaining games this season.

    Nah, they’ll keep dropping like flies.

    Have you heard? They’re discussing bringing in Andrew “I can’t stay healthy and I don’t want to play basketball” Bynum.

    He’ll fit right in… behind the bench in street clothes!

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      It only took a few hours for someone to blame Jordan Farmar tearing his hamstring on Kobe’s contract… incredible…

  9. addict2sport - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    You do realize that Bynum would be cut as a cap space move should that trade go down?

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