Jordan Farmar grew up in Los Angeles, attended Taft High School (the same high school my mother graduated from in the 1960s) and then went on to play basketball at UCLA. He was selected 28th overall in 2006 by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to prove a name for himself as an NBA capable point guard with the Lake Show from 2006-2010. He then spent two years with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn) until he shipped off to play professional basketball overseas.
Now he’s back with a vengeance.
To open the 2013-14 season with an impressive win versus the cross town rival Los Angeles Clippers, Farmar played 27 minutes off the bench backing up Old Bones Steve Nash and finished with an impressive line of 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. The Lakers are going to need this out of him all year long as Nash battles injury and rests on back to back sets. Both Steve Blake and Farmar will spend time backing up the point, but until Kobe Bryant returns from his Achilles injury Blake will spend plenty of time as the shooting guard leaving all the minutes Farmar can handle.
Regardless of the statistics Farmar looked genuinely happy and energetic to have the majestic Purple and Gold hanging from his shoulders. The Lakers’ bench play was among the worst in the league last season, especially at the point, and having strong bench support is what will help keep the aging Lakers’ stars healthy enough for the end of the year. The entire Lakers bench played with a purpose as the Lakers shocked the world and silenced some haters putting up the “W” opening night.
Welcome Back Jordan Farmar. The Lake Show and their fans are happy to have you.
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