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Jordan Farmar: Exit Interview

June 17, 2009 | 11:51 pm

Jordan Farmar's 2008-2009 season was a struggle.  Injury, poor play, a near-total loss of playing time down the stretch, capped with a bit of redemption as the playoffs went along. 

None of that, though, really gets to the heart of what raised red flags about Farmar and his future in L.A. Specifically, attitude.  And not a particularly good one.  Farmar, who had never faced much competition for the backup point guard role in LA, even stepping into a starting gig ahead of Smush Parker for the playoffs a couple years ago, unexpectedly found himself competing for minutes with Shannon Brown and didn't react particularly well.  Strong sense of self (a nice way of putting it) has always been a component of Farmar's game and personality. Not necessarily a bad thing, either, especially for a point guard.

In this case, it worked against him.  Farmar's displeasure in losing minutes was palpable, and when he did play, the quality suffered. To his credit, as the playoffs went along you could sense a change in how he was handling things.  Talking to coaches during the Finals seemed to confirm he had turned a corner, or at least found the thing.  At his exit interview Tuesday afternoon, Farmar indicated it wasn't an accident: 

"I came into the office with all the coaching staff two games before the playoffs, and I just apologized for showing my frustrations and told them that I was with them no matter what.  If I was going to play five minutes, twenty minutes, zero minutes, whatever, that I was part of this team and I was going to help them try and win a championship.  And once I sat down with myself and made that decision to talk to them and make sure they knew where my head was at, it was easier for me just to enjoy life and enjoy basketball."

I was impressed with how candid Farmar was Tuesday afternoon, and how willing he was to take responsibility. There was a welcome humility to go along with the same strong self-confidence we've all seen through his career. He'll need to build on that to stay in LA. For much of the year, I thought Farmar would bitch his way out of town. I still think he is a strong candidate to be moved this offseason, but after listening to him the other day think the door to a longer career in LA may not be closing as fast as I thought.  .

In the clip above, Farmar is highly complimentary of Derek Fisher and the example he set for him, and Brown, too. In the second half of this clip, Farmar talks more about Fish's influence:

For a local kid like Farmar, to win a title with the Lakers is especially significant:

Farmar on the health of his knee, what he's looking forward to for next year:

More on the difficulty in adjusting to less playing time:

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