On May 1st, I called Jordan Farmar on his California phone. He was in his hometown of LA, just days after getting knocked out of the Euroleague playoffs, getting his injured knee worked on. We spoke for twenty minutes about topics ranging from his Euroleague experience, cultural differences between Turkey and America, and a potential return to the Lakers.
Interview can be reached here.
He said this about returning to the Lakers:
"Yeah, I mean, it’ll come down to situation. They have a lot of salary committed to a lot of different places. It’ll depend on what happens with Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant, andPau Gasol, and if they’re in the position to be able to spend some money on free agents. But, I’m open to every opportunity. I’ve kinda tried to stay away from planning where I’m gonna end up, because I never thought I’d end up in Turkey, it just kinda worked out that way. So, I just try to roll with it, put myself in the best situation and make the decision that’s in front of me for the right reasons. If I do that, I think I’ll be okay."
And this about why the Lakers struggled:
"I think they never gelled well, as a team. I don’t think they’re extremely deep, and to be a good team in the NBA, you must have a good bench. When we were successful, when I was there, our bench was one of the strongest benches in the NBA. When our starters were hurt or went out of the game, we didn’t leave much, we brought something else to the table, which is one place where they struggled. And then they had a tonne of injuries. I mean, if you have somebody hurt, or multiple guys hurt all the time, it’s tough to win games. No matter, what color your jersey is, or what the prestige of your organization is."
Farmar has vastly improved during his time overseas, and would be a good backup PG option for the Lakers. What do you guys think about signing him this summer?