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Audio of Jordan Farmar's exit interview

Among the highlights of Jordan Farmar's exit interviews.

--What it's been like winning two championships in his hometown

--His desire to play more minutes as a starter and his feeling that his role hasn't increased in the last four seasons

--His admission that it'd be nice to play away from his hometown

--His contention that he remains undecided about staying with the Lakers once he becomes a free agent on July 1, though his feelings make it pretty clear he's likely not resigning with the team.

Jordan Farmar exit interview

-- Mark Medina

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...oops.. somebody hasn't learned the difference between confidence and delusional grandiosity...

bye bye jordan.. have a nice career! i'm sure you'll get plenty of offers this offseason but for much less than MLE

whats all this crazy tmac talk? this guy is made of glass... who would wanna risk their MLE on a guy might play 30 games... this guy is DONE.. and last thing lakers need is another big ego

shaq? no way.. his pride is way too big to come off the bench as a role player. would never work

i like mike miller, korver, and blake.. all guys that would happily come off the bench and can also play with our starters and STRETCH THE FLOOR.. lakers can use an outside specialist much more than a playmaking pg...

as for collison.. he would be a steal after his unbelievable stretch last year with cp3 hurt and his contract is an absolute BARGAIN.. hornets may try to keep him or dangle him with one of their big contracts like okafur or even peja... but why would lakers or anybody take on okafur's huge contract for 4 more years?

bye bye jordan.. have a nice career! i'm sure you'll get plenty of offers this offseason but for much less than MLE

whats all this crazy tmac talk? this guy is made of glass... who would wanna risk their MLE on a guy might play 30 games... this guy is DONE.. and last thing lakers need is another big ego

shaq? no way.. his pride is way too big to come off the bench as a role player. would never work

i like mike miller, korver, and blake.. all guys that would happily come off the bench and can also play with our starters and STRETCH THE FLOOR.. lakers can use an outside specialist much more than a playmaking pg...

as for collison.. he would be a steal after his unbelievable stretch last year with cp3 hurt and his contract is an absolute BARGAIN.. hornets may try to keep him or dangle him with one of their big contracts like okafur or even peja... but why would lakers or anybody take on okafur's huge contract for 4 more years?

oops.. i didnt double post.. swear it wasnt me!

oops.. i didnt double post.. swear it wasnt me!

Interesting stuff. I admire Farmar's candid responses: he's a smart guy, he's only 23 (turns 24 soon) and knows he could be someone's starting point guard for the next 6-8 years, so he's going to pursue that. Good for him.

My guess is he lands somewhere with an up-tempo style as a 32 MPG starter for about 4 years, $20M. Knicks? Raptors? Pacers?

Interesting stuff. I admire Farmar's candid responses: he's a smart guy, he's only 23 (turns 24 soon) and knows he could be someone's starting point guard for the next 6-8 years, so he's going to pursue that. Good for him.

My guess is he lands somewhere with an up-tempo style as a 32 MPG starter for about 4 years, $20M. Knicks? Raptors? Pacers?

Thanks for Jordan for your 4 yrs, but now its time for us to use your restricted contract to do a sign-and-trade to secure our PG for the future!! Farmar won't get much on his own in FA, but the Bulls might take him and Sasha's expiring contract for Hinrich and their 1st rd pick #17 to get more money under the cap. Mitch, you need to do this deal now!!!. Perhaps we can land Mike Miller for the MLE and we would be set for next year. Resign Powell and get some nice players in the 2nd rd as bench players. Hoping we land a guy like Jerome Randle, Pondexter, Sherron Collins or a shot blocker like Varnardo and we will be set!!

Bye Farmar, We all Wish you well. Thanks for the time you put in at UCLA, and for being a patient young guy backing up Fisher and making some good shots during the season.

Best of luck.

Farmar is going to be a very good to great player on another team.

No doubt bloggers will post "He should have played like that when he was with the Lakers".

Farmar said it his role didn't change in 4 years. 18 minutes was all he got no matter what. Farmar outplayed Fisher considerably, but Phil preferred Fish and that was it.

I liked what I read on Bynum's exit interview...We have to give the kid props, his mindset has matured tremendously...With a healthy AB next season, we will dominate even more...

some quotes from his interview:

- (On his mindset after the knee injury): “All I was thinking was that ‘I have to play,’ and ‘I’m going to play.’ I wanted to be a part of it anyway I could.”

- (On improving) “I definitely have work to do. I know with my size I (can be dominant). Offensively there is stuff that I can work on with core strength so I can finish over contact.” Bynum has a list of things he wants to improve heading into 2011 from his core strength, to footwork, to finishing moves & more.

I like what I'm hearing...

whats up jordan farmar wants to leave he better be cafeful and not burn his bridges with the lakers. remember spreewell thought he was gonna get a new contract and didnt. the minnosota offered him 10 million a yr he said he couldnt feed his kids with that. so they took it off the table. in 2004 and he hasnt played since then. so be careful jordan.

Tmac to the lakers is a good fit cant you see kobe tmac lamar odom, pau gasol and andrew bynum. who will you guard nobody will beat them. then he can come in when kobe gets in foul trouble so if phil puts in the bench lamar, tmac, shannon brown, sasha v. and ron artest wow

Farmar in fact is delusional. What team in the right mind going to give him a starting gig? With exception of Lakers and Wolves now, running triangle where PG role is really diminished, the rest of the teams usually have a PG on the floor directing offense. With such an important role the vast majority of the teams have already a much better player at this position than Farmar ever going to be. Don’t forget they’re some negatives, teams can not overlook, like his D is always suspect, usually he is gambling on steals and being beaten puts team scrambling to defend 5 on 4, his shooting in general always a suspect and he is barely 70% FT shooter. Not to mention he has an oversized ego, comparable with an ego of ALL-Star premiere PG. My conclusion, Lakers should let him go, and with bunch of free agents looking for a multiyear contract, bearing in mind possibility of the next season lockout, they will have no problem to find hard working D oriented PG. Another positive, Farmar never clicked with Sasha, and bearing in mind Sasha out of Phil’s doghouse and kind of matured, maybe he’ll able to rediscover his “Machine-like” stroke, of course assuming Phil coming back. Just my two cents.

Todd,

You forgot one little thing - Fish always delivered in the postseason, and I don't know where you come up with whole this "ouplayed" thing. Farmar never takes any charge on D, and not even close to Fish on fighting through P&R.

So long, Jordan. When your next team plays Houston, may you & Trevor down a few pretzels & brews and lament about REGRETS.

I always had high hopes for Farmar and I'm sorry he didn't pan out. I think he WILL thrive in another system and can see him starting for a team like the Knicks or Pacers. It's just a shame his game didn't fit well with this system and that his ego has kept him from progressing as he should have. Best of luck to you Jordan. Maybe when you've matured you'll return home to the Lakers.

Bye Jordan and Thanks for the memories !! I wish him well just like Braveheart, theres nothing wrong with a young player wanting to choose his own path after learning from the best in the league. I'd rather he leave, then stay and be a problem but I understand the need to wanna leave LA for awhile. As far as TMac goes... ummm NO ??? why on earth after watching this dude flame out with so many back problems in Houston, would any of you even consider this guy? He's a paper lion.. he might give us 3 maybe 5 games and thats it.. OUCH Back Hurts.. gotta sit.. thanks for the check.. I'll give it a try next season.. we need help at guard first and foremost after Phil.. forget about Bosh, hes on record as saying he wants to be the focal point of the offense... go figure ?? that aint gonna work here so buh bye Chris.. thats all I really think about or know about anyhthing because all I do know is... We're the 2010 BACK2BACK NBA CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!! WOO HOO !!!!!! Party til the All Star Break !!!!!!

I see Farmar as a decent starter with some explosive nlghts here and there.

Peace Out!

The problem w/Farmar is that he plays no defense. He just doesn't try. Poor Phil would rather have a hard working 35 year old guy defending the quicker pgs in the league instead of Farmar. He plays matador defense at best.

The problem w/Farmar is that he plays no defense. He just doesn't try. Poor Phil would rather have a hard working 35 year old guy defending the quicker pgs in the league instead of Farmar. He plays matador defense at best.

Phil said it best when Jordan to;d him he was ready to lead the team. Phil answered, "But is anyone ready to follow?"
Good Luck Jordan, Time will tell.

Phil said it best when Jordan to;d him he was ready to lead the team. Phil answered, "But is anyone ready to follow?"
Good Luck Jordan, Time will tell.

So, with Farmar and Morrison gone, we obviously need a point guard.


Steve Blake and/or Shaun Livingston anyone?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!!

i dont know why all these young basketball players now want to start after they win championship first trevor left, he started for houston but didnt even make the playoffs soo he can lok at his little title ring. as long as our kobe and pou gasol and we get fisher we can plug another spot shannon better come back and lamar odom there

LAL_Fan,

Give me a break ....

Fisher got the 4th quarter minutes. He had one good Finals game, that is it.
Fisher can't defend anyone. That is why he guarded Ray Allen instead of Rondo.

Farmar never takes a charge? Please.

Fisher flailing and ref baiting does not make up for porous too slow defense.


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Todd,

You forgot one little thing - Fish always delivered in the postseason, and I don't know where you come up with whole this "ouplayed" thing. Farmar never takes any charge on D, and not even close to Fish on fighting through P&R.

Posted by: LAL_Fan | June 22, 2010 at 02:06 PM

Well, truthfully, I won't miss Jordan all that much. He was exasperating at times, and would always follow a good play/hustle with a bonehead move.

I wish him well, though he is not as good as he thinks he is.

Not that they should, but Farmar is a restricted FA, so the Lakers can match, right?

Honestly, I can't see any team that wants to win giving him a starting job. Except for his second year I think he's been a big let down, and I was one who had high hopes for him coming out of UCLA being a big Bruin fan. I think that knee surgery he had around that time really set him back too.

man - you had your chance and didn't sieze it... you had some moments but didn't show enough to be the next starting point guard. You have to improve alot to be a starting point guard in this league - you got a chance but you got to put in work. Good luck

BYE BYE SMUSH FARMAR.

I remember the Start Farmar era on this blog, we have high hopes of him in replacing the No. 1 Scrub Smush Parker. Unfortunately, he could not pass Smush, could not pass Fisher, threatened by J-Critt and finally saved by fellow guard, Shannon Brown. Farmar is another Walton who has high IQ but poor decision making. He could not extricate himself once he goes to the low post that leads to T/O's. He dribbles a lot like Kobe, wasting so much time and yet could not finish the job. Thanks for the memories of the Championship as well as the Scrub years.

How do you compare Jordan Farmar to his fellow Bruins: Darren Collison, Russell Westbrook, Tyus Edney and Earl Watson?

I guess I'm just a dissenting opinion on JF.

He could have worked out, but was not given a chance. And then you wonder why the attitude. If you showed up for work every day for four years and got nothing but crapped on, eventually your patience might wear thin.

JF is better than half the PGs out there. Yep, I said it. Yep, I believe it.

If he does wind up leaving (and leaving us with a massive hole in the roster) it won't be fun telling you all I was right. I wish I was wrong, but I guess that's your job this time around.

Jordan Farmar's ego is so large he seems to think of himself as Air Jordan. Everyone else thinks of him more like Smush Farmar. Sigh... Good luck Jordan but I think you're kidding yourself if you think being a starter is gonna work out for you.

I liked Jordy, but I don't think he was the right fit for the Lakers.

This is totally speculative on my part, so don't hit me too hard. But I feel Mitch picked him and coach Jackson was never thrilled with the pick.

Even Ramblis said publicly once, he wished Farmar used his big ears for listening. Indicating that he wasn't a fan of him as well.

I'm not disappointed one bit with Jordan. I feel he tried very hard to fit in. And if he lands a great job with another team, then good for him.

J Critt on our summer roster? If that don't tell you what's brewing.......

I respect Jordan and his feelings.. I would like to see him stay and his role increase as Fisher continues to age. But the Lakers have plenty of options if he leaves whether it be through a sign and trade or straight up free agency. Raja Bell is the hot topic right now to come in and play shut down defense in that Ron Harper/Brian Shaw type role. The Lakers will probably pursue Luke Ridnour also which is a good fit.

teddy wilson,

Farmar is nothing like Sprewell. Spree was a starter and a star who had played lots of minutes on several teams despite being a thug who once strangled his coach. Spree was on the downside of his career and was offered a multi-year contract at 7 million per and turned it down.

Jordan is still on the upside of his career. Phil Jackson has always been reluctant to play a young player if he has a veteran who can play. If Fisher had never come back to the Lakers, then Farmar probably would have gotten his chance to start here. As it stands, I'll wager they bring Fish back, and Jordan leaves.

Jordan's not going to be offered 7 million a year anywhere, but I'm sure there are several teams willing to offer him more than what the (way into luxury tax) Lakers are willing to pay. There are several teams (Knicks, Grizzlies, etc) whose starting point guards from last season aren't as good as Jordan Farmar. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to see him starting somewhere next year and getting mention for most improved player.

Honestly, if I was in his situation, I'd probably do the same thing. He's already gotten to win a couple of rings, and if Fisher returns his prospects here are limited for awhile. It's time for Farmar to go out and find out if he can be a more prominent NBA player or not.

I wish him well and hope he succeeds whether he stays or goes.

So, what do we do if phil jackson retires?

>>>How do you compare Jordan Farmar to his fellow Bruins: Darren Collison,
>>>Russell Westbrook, Tyus Edney and Earl Watson?

Westbrook is bigger, faster, and has a chance to be the best of the five mentioned.

Tyus Edney was my favorite of the five, but he was small for the NBA, so was never given much of a chance. He is a Euro-league hall of famer.

Earl was probably the best defender of the five. He has slowed down a step, but he's still a pretty good defender at the point position - better than Fish or Farmar or Brown. But Earl's offensive game doesn't measure up to any of those other four - good passer, but bad shooter.

Collison is lightning fast and has fast hands. He's a good enough defender to make up for being a bit undersized.

If I had my choice of one of the five to fit the current Lakers, it would be Collison. The only reason I'd pick him over Westbrook is because he's a better 3-point shooter, which is needed in the triangle. If I was building an old-school Showtime offense, I'd go with Westbrook first, or Jordan as my second choice (only because Tyus is over the hill and done).

Geez Louise...

If you haven't listened I'll sum it up for you.

Press Question: So Jordan, etc., etc.
Jordan: Me, me, me, me and me.


Jordan here makes clear what he wants - starting is more important than winning. "Leading a team" is what he wants.


Jordan is not, right now, a starter on a championship team. Even if he started in LA, he would not be "leading" this team. Kobe and Pau will run this team. His size and strength are a problem on defense.


Jordan played well in these playoffs, but he is not happy in the system. He will end up taking a deal with a lousy team where he can play, if he can get one. His priorities are what they are.


This is why Phil has always preferred vets who have gotten this idea of themselves as stars out of their system. Guys like Harper and Fox, who had their shot at individual glory, and reached a point in their career where the team was more important. Jordan isn't there yet.


Thanks and good luck, Jordy.


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