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Farmar agrees to deal with New Jersey; leaving Lakers

Jordan Farmar said he has agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets, ending his ties with the Lakers.

Farmar said he can opt out of his deal after the second season.

Farmar spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Lakers and was a part of two championship teams.

"This is a great opportunity for me," Farmar said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Farmar said he'll get a chance to play behind starting Nets point guard Devin Harris and for a coach, Avery Johnson, who played point guard in the NBA.


-- Broderick Turner

 
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The grass always looks greener... Neway, best of luck to you Farmer.

So the back-up point guard who wanted to start has taken a position where he'll back up another point guard? On the Nets?! Good luck with all that . . .

He'll need all the luck....didn't he say he wanted to leave because he wanted to *START*?

And he's going to get at most 20 minutes playing behind Devin Harris on average?

What happened to the "I can be the best PG in the league"?

Nonetheless, his choice that he wanted to pull an Ariza.

Best of luck to Jordan Farmar in the New Jersey Nyets.

Aloha Laker Tom,

O.K tell the truth, you got a hold of some really good stuff didn't you. Your Hornet trade is more then a little Laker centric. Consider that the Hornets would actually pay more in salary the next 2 years and pay the same in the 3rd year. They wouldn't see any savings until the 4th year. Thats not exactly the salary cutting that I believe they have in mind. Factor in they already have a quality PF in West, really why would they even consider your deal? The only way you have a shot at your dream of adding Collison is probably with a three way trade. Anyway Aloha for now.

MH

Good Luck, thanks for the contribution as a Laker.

Farmar seemed better on defense and offense as a rookie as he was last season. His teardrop floater turned into blocked layups.

131-92, RED's LOVE CHILD, Let's go C's!

Your defensive Ace is good as gone:

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5372270

Yeah the Green Boys get a past his prime Jermaine O'Neal but lose Rasheed Wallace to retirement and now losing Tony Allen.

For it was James Posey, now it's Tony Allen. Heck you can add Nate Robinson good bye as well.

Don't worry your AARP cards will soon come and your 20 years of futility is here because you all decided to mortgage the future for one title that pales in comparison to 2 titles.

As the former Cavs fans would say:

Rasheed must bleed!

Someone should tell Farmar that he ain't starting in Jersey. He might actually play less minutes than he did in LA. Still, I ain't bitter that he's leaving; he wasn't going to get 4 mil a year with the Lakers. I wish him well.

"I WANT TO BE A STARTER"

"I WANT TO BE AN ALL STAR"

"Farmar said he'll get a chance to play behind starting Nets point guard Devin Harris and for a coach, Avery Johnson, who played point guard in the NBA."

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POETIC JUSTICE. for punks

1. to play back up for a PG that is much faster than U.
and has court vision
and knows how to finish

2. only LTLF dreams that Harris will get hurt and JF will start? remember when Jordy got hurt and his game sucked for the rest of the season?

3. Avery Johnson is the closest PG to Fisher. a slow offense build to feed the twin towers.

4. he could not listen to the Zen Master. he did not want to. can anyone imagine what is like listening to Avery?????????? that voice, antics and screaming? total hysteria.
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one F ( F as in Farmy and Fish) nightmare DONE. the season already looks fun.

Who? With whom?

LAST EXIT. BROOKLYN

Best of luck to Jordy...too bad he just couldn't fit in the Lakers system...

But Jordan, I thought you wanted a starting job...Going to Nets means more money but same bench role...

So enjoy the money, and your welcome from the Lakers, for your 2 rings...

Justa -

Here's mine:

Kobe Bean Bryant
What is a venemous serpent
It's The Black Mamba

"I WANT TO BE AN ALL STAR"

actually ouccchhhh it is Andrew Bynum who keeps stating that he wants to be an All-Star not Jordan Farmar.

It doesn't make much difference though Two big mouths who let their mouths talk more than their game.

At least Jordan was wise enough to not talk about the Celtics and focus on trying to help his team win against the Suns when only 2 games were won by LA.

Enjoyed your contributions, you are in your prime, you should get the maximum possible contract to secure your future.

He probably didn't get the kind of offers and interest that he anticipated going into free agency, so he took the highest bid. Hopefully he understands that he's still on the cusp and he should be saving as much of his salary as possible until he establishes himself a little more firmly in the NBA. A bad year, an injury, and "darn, that's a shame"...

Goodbye J Farmar.
I don't see why he won't be starting.
The Nets had the crappiest record last year winning what? 12 games?!

Backing up another, younger PG on the worst team in the league?? LMAO!!!! I guess he needed the money.

Goodbye J Farmar.
I don't see why he won't be starting.
The Nets had the crappiest record last year winning what? 12 games?!

Backing up another, younger PG on the worst team in the league?? LMAO!!!! I guess he needed the money.

Again, don't blame Farmar- the Lakers job was never going to be his, the Lakers let him go and got Blake. He got the best position available, presumably, and got paid. I wish him well and appreciate what he did do, working hard in the gym, and making a great effort in the Finals this year.

Dear Los Angeles, All Of Southern California and Lakers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former 9th man, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Los Angeles Laker.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Lakers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'JEWISH JORDAN' WINS ONE"

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Los Angeles, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works!!!!!
Sincerely,
Jerry Buss

i hope LUKEEEEEEEEEE gets depressed that HIS friend is leaving. together with the back spasms is a good reason for retirement.

2 rabbits with one shot (missed long three. did not touch the rim)

Blitz

love the NYETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

next stop for Framy is the russian league. Prokohov will arrange that.

That's nice.....

Enjoy Brooklyn. They have some good pizza and if you are lucky, you can get a room with a nice view of Manhattan.

Thanks for your contributions Jordie.

I wish him well and am glad he and the Lakers have moved on.
It's obvious that no one was going to hand him the starting PG job so he took what he could, even if it meant signing with the one of the worst teams in the league. I sure hope he can stomach losing at least 50 games next year.

Anyone heard any rumours of who Mitch is targeting for our backup center?

Blitz,

You crack me up with your response to ouchhhhhh. But then again, you just can't help yourself when it comes to taking shots at your favorite target, even when said target isn't even in the article, post or conversation. I'm really starting to wonder about your negative infatuation of the same player that LT has a positive infatuation for on the opposite end of the spectrum. It's becoming redundant and ridiculous in my opinion. Also, the big mouth Jordan Farmar that you mentioned did very next to nothing for us for four years, except damage Kobe's finger and make one diving save of the ball in the finals. He can take his sorry game and bad attitude to the Nets for all I care.

I respect both you and LT as Laker fans and bloggers, but the constant back and forth about one particular player is well, overplayed. The much more to blog about and players and teams outside of our own Lakers to spew venom on.

lewstrs - not bad but you've got a ways to go before you win the Haiku Pulitzer (like I did) ! :)


Doesn't matter if he doesn't play. Who gets $4 million for working out, practicing, sitting around, and shooting some hoops once in a while? Farmar will.

thizzizG,

"Goodbye J Farmar.
I don't see why he won't be starting.
The Nets had the crappiest record last year winning what? 12 games?!"


I agree., no player's starting status on a team that lost 70 games in the regular season should be a lock the following season!

Well, at least Farmar got a gig. He gave us some good moments. Good luck to him.

i hope no lakers fan actually feels betrayed by Farmar. i wish him luck with my hometown Nets (although i'm truly a Lakers fan). i actually live about 20 minutes away from the nets former home in the Meadowlands and maybe 30-40 min. away from their new home in Newark.

but let's be real. the Lakers weren't going to offer Farmar any sort of a contract anyway. as soon as Blake was signed, i knew that to be a fact. even if Fish walks (heaven forbid), i don't think the Lakers will be in bad shape. they'd prob try to resign Brown, start Blake, and probably invite a ton of free agent guards to their training camp and see if any of them are any good. (not to mention big men, too, but i think both Character and Ebanks have decent chances of making the team).

just sayin': a guard corps of Kobe, Blake, Vujacic and Fisher or Brown ain't that bad. but if they can somehow land Bell...hmmm...

JMIN - that is incredibly funny, nice job.

Farmar is delusional. Yes, the Nets don't play the triangle offense. So I guess that's a plus for Jordan "I want to show I can run an NBA team" Farmar. On the other hand, its not clear that the Nets run any offense at all. And he's still gonna be on the bench. For a team that won 12 games last year, and doesn't figure to win many more this year. Oh, and by the way, Jordan, you'll be freezing your (basket)balls off there for most of the NBA season. Nice career choice.

Nets fans must be thrilled right now. Cleared cap space to sign LeEgo, and instead....

JMIN -

We don't know the whole story, but.....

I really think it was the Lakers telling him he didn't fit in the Lakers future plans. Then it was the Lakers who didn't come forth with a qualifying offer, in effect, relinquishing their rights to Farmar.

With Fisher about to end his starting career, Farmar was not going to take his job over, forcing the Lakers to look elsewhere for a replacement.

So out went Farmar, in came Blake.

I thought you brought out an interesting point about Farmar's Jewish background. New York city has a large Jewish population and Farmar will be very marketable. Giving Farmar another reason to be the center of attention.

Unfortunately, this is probably the last you'll hear of Jordan Farmar. He's going to learn real soon on the Nets that life in L.A. as a backup point guard wasn't all that bad. Wish they could have worked something out in L.A. for him to stay.

Blitz, Nemaia

in his exit interview Farmy mentioned that he want to be an ALL star.

and yes, his legacy as a Lkaer is that broke Kobe's finger.

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remember the summer of 2007 when Kobe was in the parking lot, wanting to play on a different team, shiping AB out?????????????

well, that summer, Jordy and the Beast got in the gym. with the possible departure of KOBE they were thinking that they will take over the Lakrs as the francise players: the PG and the C. young, delusional but ambitious. even if lazy (BB is not only offense and lobs for dunks)

surprise

Fisher was signed. Farbe benched.
Bynum got hurt. Gasol showed up

all thise dreams in Gyn during the fall of 2007 went down the drain. No starter and No BEAST. just 2 role players. yes, always the BIG one gets a starting gig. they r rare. by default.

that is the history of Farmy and Co. as the wannabe franchise players for the LA Lakers.

i hope Farmy will visit with AB's family in Jersey. so Mommy Bynum can pull his ears when he is a naughty boy.

Farmar was a quality PG that could finish and hit the 3. I wish him well in his new endeavors.

Hopefully, Farmar will please the tough Brooklyn fans......

And a hardy"Oy vay!" from the faithful will be few and far in between.

LOL at JMIN's post. Funny as hell. We should tear down all of Farmar's billboards on Staples.

JMIN

props. funny, the Jewish Jordan in Brooklyn.

the Take the A Train tune won't work. going to Jamaica.

the real one was a TUNE for going to Harlem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goodluck to Farmar with the Nets, we had high hope of JF during the "Start Farmar" years, the 4ft. vertical leaf and so forth but it turned out as a 2nd stringer PG. Even among Bruins alumni, he's not that popular perhaps, because he directly went to NBA after two years. You're not considered a true Bruin if you didn't spend 4 years and worst for losing 2x to Noah's Gators, Farmar was the presumed leader of that pack.

Anyway, I believe Fisher should be paid at 8M for 2 years. JB should close the deal and discuss as well his plans after his playing years.

Hopefully Jordy's career move won't turn out as bad as it appears to be. Cuz it seems like a pretty bad choice. But - best wishes Jordy. You were a Laker and as such a contributor to 2 championships. We'll miss your.... ears... lol!

@LEWSTRS: Great Haiku!

Like I've said all along, Jordy should have taken a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year just to see if he could be a part of history as the Lakers try for three-peat #2 and PJ for three-peat #4. Back-up PG roles are a dime a dozen in the NBA, that $4-mil would have always been there. Plus, if he matured a little while winning title #3 in LA, he would definitely have gotten a raise.

His problem is that he was either not smart enough, or not willing enough to figure out how to make the triangle work for him. I guess he just didn't want to think that much on the court.

I'm saddened because I was a big supporter of him, since before draft day.

--FEARless

Jordan was our best 3-pt shooter during the playoffs, hitting .400, better than Kobe or Derek.

He probably would not have gotten the starting PG role at the Lakers while PJ is around. Look at the age of the starting PG's in the 11 PJ championship teams. From Paxson to Harper to Fisher, they were all in their 30s. Jordan is not old enough.

Remember when Harper had to retire due to injuries? Derek was 26 at that time and presumed ready to be starting PG. Instead, PJ brings in a 31-year old Lindsey Hunter.

Fast forward to today. 24-year old Jordan has been playing in the Triangle for four seasons and should be ready to be groomed into the starting PG role. Instead, PJ brings in 30-year old Steve Blake.

Sorry, Jordan, you have to be 30-something to be starting PG for PJ.

JMIN:

ROTFLMAO!

poor guy...will only make 12 million for the next 3 years. how will he survive?

is this the same Farmar that LakerTom DECLARED him the other ALPHA-DOG?

the other one being Andrew Bynum

of course, the 2 ALPHA DOGS were sniffing the REAL ONE. THE PROVED ONE. some old guy named KOBE.

send this ALPHA DOG to the pound in Jersey. with the other ALPHA DOG, JAY-Z.

with fish obviously the lakers top priority...the lakers still need somebody to give kobe some rest during the season. the guy simply cant keep playing 40 plus minutes per night with all the mileage on that body. they do need to eventually address this dont they? and no, i dont think sasha is really the answer. bell, tmac, barnes, somebody....

Phoenix is reporting they have acquired Josh Childress and Hedo in a trade.

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2010/07/11/20100711phoenix-suns-acquire-hedo-turkoglu-josh-childress.html

Posted by: Fatty | July 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM

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That is great news for Pau. So now, instead of having to deal with Amare, Pau will be guarded by Turkey Glue. First, Spain wins the World Cup and now this. Man, Pau is on a roll...

I like Jordy's move to the Nets. His career with the Lakers was going nowhere. He'll be playing for a coach who's a former PG himself, who hopefully will give Jordan the mentoring he didn't get in LA. He'll be making more money than Avery Johnson got in all but four of his 15 NBA seasons. He'll be playing for a team whose owner has championship aspirations.

Once Jordan's friend Luke saw more bench than hardwood due to injuries, Jordan became the player this blog loved most to hate. His moments of brilliance were outweighed by his moments of WTF? for reasons we'll probably never know.

Devin Harris' career stats are not significantly better than Jordan's considering Harris has been a starter. Jordan may very well find his game outside the Lakers' system.

It's well documented that I was a Farmar booster while he was a Laker. It was a disappointment that he didn't meet my expectations and more importantly those of his coach. But what Jordan has now is a fresh start. I wish him well.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

LTLF...Thanks for your insight a few posts ago. I'm SURE there's got to be a MILLION dollars or more extra hovering around LA somewhere...Our Lakers certainly don't want to FEED the opposition by serving FISH on a platter...We shouldn't underestimate LEADERSHIP at it's finest...SIGN the man! SOON! BTW, good luck to Farmar in NJ.

Speaking of the opposition outside the basketball court, here's a recent thought coming from Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith about LBJ's departure and a rebuttal from LBJ himself...

Here's MY TAKE in the whole LBJ saga below.

OS on LBJ:
"I thought [James] was more of a competitor. The great ones usually stay in one location."

LBJ of the Magic: ``That's funny that they questioned my competitiveness. I like that. We're going to put a lot of that stuff in the locker room. We're in the same conference with Orlando, so we'll deal with them later.''

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1724665/magic-gm-lakers-are-still-best.html#ixzz0tPxXp3Ug

Hmmm...First of all, OS was speaking for himself, not the Magic organization. It's OBVIOUS in the sentence structure. LBJ got emotional in that reaction and decided that every team in his path to title glory is the #1 ENEMY...

As or LBJ, why would he need locker room material to win it all? Three "THREE KINGS" getting together should be reason enough...BTW, this Heat team is going to have to DEAL with Boston, Chicago and others in the East, not just Orlando...including the Lakers in the West, the two time DEFENDING CHAMPS.

LBJ through all this hoopla did himself no favors by "exposing" himself on national TV as an inexperienced public speaker that needed some TACT in his message delivery. He should have consulted with a counselor specializing in the art of handling human emotions. Heck! He has the resources to do so...but didn't DO IT the right way.

LBJ believes that BUSINESS is BUSINESS when he made the decision. That's fine and dandy and personally had no problem with that part of his choice. However, when it comes to human emotions and trust, he, as a polarizing human figure in pro sports nationwide and in OHIO (and heartily accepted the title of KING), should have simply let it all go by TALKING WITH the fans of Cleveland about chasing his championship dreams genuinely ELSEWHERE, not TO them...in OHIO (not somewhere else).

This approach would probably have "lessened" the backlash of disrespect and anger that LGJ is getting and will get for a LONG TIME...The bottom line is that LBJ was adored by many fans in Cleveland and elsewhere despite not getting them a championship YET. Heck, he's from OHIO, which makes him that more unique/special to Cleveland fans. No question he was dealt a HARSH hand from Day #1 as a Cavalier and state son. Well, he's got more to worry about than just winning championships in Miami.

After all, when all is said and done, there's no place like HOME. At 25, he's still needs to learn more about the "burning bridges" concept when dealing with people and handling his stardom. Listen, no one is perfect. Just a maturity thing…

However, he is the exception and a unique talent that comes once in a blue moon. He knows it! It's the APPLICATION of his graces that seems to be the issue...

I'm sure over time he will get better at it, being a bit WISER that is....He has no CHOICE but to become wiser, if he TRULY wants to live his life to the fullest BEYOND basketball and winning titles. We all get OLD and will need help down the road in the thing we call LIFE.

For good measure, he should have referred to John Stockton, who never won one, but loved by all his fans as an example of "playing hard" and "keeping the faith."

Well, I guess the almighty dollar doesn't always guarantee TACT or WISDOM...Handling ADVERSITY the RIGHT way does.

Handling ADVERSITY is why guys like KB24 and MJ have been successful at their basketball craft. They NEVER took days OFF when things got hot and bad in terms of their play, injuries, and feelings about losing. They used failure to become CHAMPIONS.

Let's Go Lakers! Three-Peat STILL in SIGHT despite the Miami Hype.

The three musketeers are in Miami!

Too bad for them, D'Artagnan is in LA. Everybody knows without their leader they're just a bunch of losers.

faker-nation (and all trolls that question the Lakers run),

In reference to your post a few blogs ago, you are truly a gifted "excuse" representative. What's all this whining about the Celts being "Perkinsless?" STILL? I thought June 17, 2010 was LONG GONE? Hmmm...

Here's the REAL DEAL when it came to LEGITIMATE excuses for Boston's Game 7 CHOKE and the Lakers RESOLVE in WINNING IT ALL RECAP:

EXCUSE #1----If BYNUM and Bryant were 100% HEALTHY, the Finals would have been Lakers in FIVE even with a healthy Perk (TOO undersized to lock down Bynum for EXTENDED time in the post...). EVERYONE knows that...FIVE being a GENEROUS number...

EXCUSE#2---Anyone questioning KB24's Game 7 performance offensively must REALIZE that he played on BOTH ends of the floor and HAS for his whole career. He's just not only a gifted offensive player, but also a DEFENSIVE one and PROVEN...Look at his run on the ALL NBA DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM...How does FIFTEEN REBOUNDS in Game 7 sound from the SG position with DESIRE (Perkins wouldn't have mattered since he would have been in foul trouble ANYWAY, and limited OFFENSIVELY). 6-24 from the field was an afterthought...It's called bringing another TANGIBLE to the game...REBOUNDING with a PURPOSE for EXTRA possessions...

EXCUSE #3---The Lakers only have TWO All-Stars in Bryant and Gasol. On the other hand, the Celtics have FOUR in KG, R. Allen, PP, and Rondo. DO the MATH....MORE excuses anyone?

EXCUSE #4--- Boston's LUCKY # 13...A "13 point lead" that was LOST by the "talk-first" Celts...May I oblige? The Celtics was the worst team in the NBA in 2009-2010 in losing FOURTH QTR. LEADS in the regular season and OBVIOUSLY, the playoffs (when it counted)...In the END, the Lakers made SURE of that distinction....

EXCUSE#5---Just as we Lakers fans endured the "131-92" 2008 thrashing by the Celts, nothing like a DETERMINATION FILLED COMEBACK "83-79" win using Boston's OWN VAUNTED DEFENSIVE MEDICINE...I'd say that's a much better Lakers REMEDY that left the celts with a big HEADACHE...BTW, did PP come back to LA YET? Just checking...

There you have it, the FIVE LEGITIMATE excuses, the EXACT # of RINGS that KB24 has, BTW, to date...and looking for more..

Whether or not you are a fan of Boston, Miami, etc. or simply hate the Lakers, do have nice summer...

One more thing...At the end of the day, LBJ's TACTFULNESS was the ISSUE, not his INTENTION to move elsewhere from Cleveland...At 25, and a Cleveland icon that was ADORED by many, he should have hired an special advisor to help him DEAL with the move the RIGHT way by TALKING about it the RIGHT way and with GENUINENESS and COMPASSION...Heck! He's from Ohio for goodness sakes...

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

I don't know about you guys but I just have had enough of LBJ news and posts.

I propose that Monday be declared a Lebron-free day on the blog.

That is great news for Pau. So now, instead of having to deal with Amare, Pau will be guarded by Turkey Glue. First, Spain wins the World Cup and now this. Man, Pau is on a roll...

Posted by: The Snake | July 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

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i love the short biased memory.

in the toronto game that was won by Toronto in the last minute by 2FT by Turkey Glue, is Turkey Glue who penetrated BY NO OTHER than GASOL.

????????????????????????????

ohhhhhhhh and on the other side of the court Gassy made 2 bad passes even if he had the TOUCHES and was by himself with the RIM. but hey, playing with the back to the rim and overpassing is nice, TEAM PLAY.

first pass was to Ron for a 3, when we did not need a 3 shot.
second one was to Farmy and went out of bounds.

great memories from the Gassy I SUCH TOUR, SPRING 2009. that ended with the famous MEMPHIS SPEECH

indeed, GASSY is on a roll. he is blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i hope he gets credit for the WORLD CUP too. the Spaniard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

everything he TOUCHES becomes gold. hope he learns to WALK ON WATER, especially on the TLANTIC ocean

actually he will walk on water to SOUTH BEACH straight from Barcelona. can't wait.

Didnt he say he wanted to be a starter? He ends up going to a losing franchise to be a backup. Nice move, Jordan.

Didnt he say he wanted to be a starter? He ends up going to a losing franchise to be a backup. Nice move, Jordan.

I sure as hell won't miss his ass. How many years of playing basketball does it take for a player to master the art of the post entry pass?"

Didnt he say he wanted to be a starter? He ends up going to a losing franchise to be a backup. Nice move, Jordan

Jordan Farmar will do better in New Jersey that is for sure. 4 Mil a year that is a huge pay increase for him.


So, Fisher has only Miami as a suitor. Interesting. Meaning Lakers offer is the right value, Mitch has truly learned his lessons from the past. Luke, Sasha, Vlad, Cook...


Ebanks and Caracter are the bright spots in summer league.

Jordan Farmar is a lot like LeBron James to me. I have watching them for some years now but I really don't see significant improvement in their game. Is it skills or is it their athleticism that these players get by on?

We all figured that Farmer would be gone. And also that Fisher would flirt with the Miami Heat.

Farmer will have better numbers on another team. When you play on the Lakers, you're expected to play a "role", whereas on other teams, players can freelance more and showcase themselves to a larger extent.

Artest explained it best when he said that he's a better player than his numbers currently show.

On another note, I hope everyone is still wearing their Laker gear out in public. I'm still flying the Laker colors proudly.

He didn't fit with the lakers...it was clear he wasn't going to stay or have the opportunity to.He did make a big deal about starting and having more opportunities so my guess is that he bottled it and took an offer that he knew was too good to refuse regarding the money.He wasn't going to get 4 million a year anywhere else.On the surface of it...it seems crazy to play behind an all star given all his gripes the last years and what he's said about running his own team but maybe Harris is on his way out of jersey....who knows? Anyway good luck Farmar.

DEXTER PITTMAN is a name Pau Gasol and Lakers will be very familiar with very soon.


He is like Perkins, Shaq and Bynum all in one. The roughness of Perkins, The weight of Shaq, the free-throws of Bynum. This guy is a big body and he is the CENTER OF THE MIAMI HEAT.


Staples 24 - I was never THAT impressed with Dexter, though his long-standing fight with his weight is to be admired, as he finally dropped around 100 lbs. He never looked super-quick, and he could get lost against other C's with good footwork. Also, I think he's only 6' 10", so length isn't there. Power to him if he makes it as a rook, but I don't see him being a eal threat for a number of years... if at all. But good luck to the kid.

A "real" threat, not an "eal" threat. Whole 'nother thing.

Greetings lakeshow fans,

Just a thought that crossed my mind and taking a different spin away from all the free-agency talk...

Why does the media seem to ALWAYS point out players who are considered "kobe-stoppers" each year such as Tony Allen (on Yahoo sports - has agreed to join the Grizzlies) and others in the present and past like Barnes, Afflalo, Artest (just a brute on D and now KB24's teammate), Battier (who's a REALLY good one), Posey, Bell, Bowen (who I respect and no longer in the league), et al.

Why all the HYPE about who can guard KB24 EACH and EVERY YEAR? It's ridiculous...If anything, KB24 is a defensive stopper HIMSELF...just ask Rondo, JRich, DWilliams, and Westbrook this past year and others before them.

All I can say is that the most recent example of PRESERVERANCE against a defensive stopper was KB24's desire to weather the storm with Tony Allen on his hip-pocket having a REALLY messed up shooting hand, bad back, sore ankle, and bum knee...Of course KB24 will struggle a bit with a younger defensive minded ONLY player like TA with all this taken into account...In the end, did it work for most teams? The last I checked, the Lakers a two-time defending CHAMPS! Hmmm...trust me, when KB24 is HEALTHY to the hogh heavens, NO CHATTER will happen!

He ALWAYS takes on the challenge of D MINDED players assigned to make his life miserable...That's why Kobe is considered one of the greats of ALL time who never uses excuses on the court. He just PLAYS hard against any opponent and is NEVER AFRAID of facing ADVERSITY!

BTW, anyone seen Ruben Patterson anywhere?

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

After watching the Miami Heat Summer league played tonight, I am putting them as the NO 1 seed to come out of the EAST. Pittman C, can play right away in the NBA. Shavlik Randolph 6'10 PF, Varnado 6'9 F and Jon Scheyer 6'5 PG can all be very good role players.


The addition of Mike Miller and Haslem, already completes their rotation and more veterans are reported to want to play with them.


Pittman/Bosh
Bosh/Haslem/Randolh
James/Miller/Varnado
Wade/Miller
Chalmers/Scheyer


They get a veteran PG with excellent leadership this team is ready to take over the EAST.

Dexter Pittman is a big that can handle Perkins, Howard, Bynum one on one. Bosh is now free like Gasol, to manage smaller bodies at PF.

Derrick Caracter is already commanding double team in the low post and still able to put it up and one. Impressive!


Devin Ebanks is much better than Ariza on the offensive end.
Both inside and outside. Impressive!


Rebounding, dfense, steals, probably about the same. HE also has bigger frame than Ariza.

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" but I don't see him being a eal threat for a number of years... if at all. But good luck to the kid."


I understand, he is not a threat, but he does not need to be. He will just play the role of big body, the threat is already obvious with the three kings.


Pittman will just play the role of Perkins and Bynum, a big body in the middle.

' I have watching them for some years now but I really don't see significant improvement in their game.'


James and Farmar's outside shot have both improved in three years.

It looks like the Lakers got Steve Blake for a **bargain** at $4 million per, if Farmer also received $4 million per. What are the Nets smoking? And by this sort of twisted market math, Fisher is actually entitled to $5 million per. This seems to be the going market, a really crazy market in this depressed economy.


Farmer is actually worth no more than $2.5 million per, and I'm being rather generous.

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I'm calmer than I should be throughout this period. Usually I'm a wreck. I'm not sure why but I will attempt some self-analysis.


1) My gut tells me that Blake is going to be a huge addition. Really.


2) We won the Championship this year with everyone hurt. My gut tells me that won't be the case next year. Bynum will FINALLY be healthy... and it will be a big deal.


3) I'm going to say what I've thought for a while... Farmar is a cancer. He's more like skin cancer than pancreatic cancer (**cough**SMUSH PARKER**cough**), but cancer all the same. The guy is a jerk. Teams win through synergy--synergy is truly blessed--Farmar does not build synergy.


4) FISHER BUILDS SYNERGY! My gut feels weird about this, but it really is up to Dr. Buss. My gut tells me that Fisher wants to retire a Laker, but he wants some respect. He may never have his number retired as a Laker, but he deserves to be in the discussion. Dr. Buss needs to communicate that to him in some way. Money is one way to communicate that.


5) At the same time I understand Dr. Buss's perspective, we won despite everyone being hurt and the large majority of our bench playing like crap most of the time we really needed them. We get healthy, we shore up our bench, WE GOT THIS!!! Oh wait, shoring up our bench costs money. FRICK!


6) The Heat will have no bench, ergo our bench becomes crucially important now.


7) I think we're going to be okay. When Phil leaves there will be a lot of huge changes. This year we'll make it through.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Laker Tom
That you were being tongue and cheek wasn't obvious to me at all. You put some thought into that one and had me going there for a minute. Collison appears to be a great player, but I wouldn't want to give up LO to get him. We have a championship team and I don't want to see the chemistry tweaked too much.
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I am excited to see Blake play though. He seems like he will be a good fit and having a solid traditional point guard isn't something we've had in a long time. Hopefully we can retain Fisher's leadership and get a solid backup C. Bynum's health scares me, but a healthy Bynum should scare the rest of the league more...

Laker Tom
That you were being tongue and cheek wasn't obvious to me at all. You put some thought into that one and had me going there for a minute. Collison appears to be a great player, but I wouldn't want to give up LO to get him. We have a championship team and I don't want to see the chemistry tweaked too much.
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I am excited to see Blake play though. He seems like he will be a good fit and having a solid traditional point guard isn't something we've had in a long time. Hopefully we can retain Fisher's leadership and get a solid backup C. Bynum's health scares me, but a healthy Bynum should scare the rest of the league more...

Can we get the Nets to take his friend Luke too?

Jordan, don't let the door hit you on your butt on the way out.


You were my least favorite Laker and the only one I disliked.


Good riddens.


Next!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jordan, don't let the door hit you on your butt on the way out.
You were my least favorite Laker and the only one I disliked.

Posted by: Jon K.

where is the LOVE for all the members of the TEAM?

dislike????????? he was NOT a good human being?

i thought that the so called PATRIARCHS of this blog lead by example.

i guess not. the priviledge can be hypocrites. they have RIGHTS

CLIPERS SUCKED ..........CLIPPERS SUCK ......... CLIPPERS WILL BE FOREVER THE BOTTOM FEEDERS OF THIS LEAGUE.
FORGOT. ANY SPORT TEAM IN USA.

i know. it's all abot LOVE. ask phred.

Message to Jordan Farmar in behalf of Laker Nation:


Thank you for being an integral part of the Lakers family man. Seriously thank you for being heady and adding uncertainty and your rebellious nature as spice to this back-to-back that was as sweet as any in the past. You always had class, decency, integrity, brought your A-game all the time, you were a tireless worker, and great club house guy that everybody liked to have around, that aspect will be missed. I will never forget you diving for the ball against the hated C****'s. That means a whole lot to me and Laker nation, and I probably can't express how glad I was that you were part of that 3-2 come back by your Los Angeles Lakers. I wish you the very best man and may both paths cross sometime. I don't doubt they will, because I'm you will be around this league developing and taking your level to new heights for a very long time. You have everything it takes and I am glad you were part of this journey, it wasn't pretty all the time or a walk in the park but the important thing to take away from this is that we made it. Wish you and family the best of luck in NJ.

@ Staples 24: 'Devin Ebanks is much better than Ariza on the offensive end.
Both inside and outside. Impressive!'

Ebanks has heaps of potential from what he has show in 2 games in this league while the no. #1 draft pick John Wall had 24 points or so in comparison. That tells you all you need to know. He seems like a character guy, he has that Allen Iverson type of demeanor to him, like he has a chip on his shoulder, but the calm of a Trevor Ariza. I heard about his character issues and what have you being the reason why he didn't get picked in the first round, and you could only look toward the future with this guy, he is the future PF if there aren't any serious issues, whatever that means. Getting used to the triangle system can be challenging to a lot of players but he has show a hell of a lot of promise I'll tell you that. He is not known for being a shooter from deep, but he already working on his stroke etc. He is legit. Caracter is another class guy that puts work in, and its ever more evident than him losing 30 pounds since the NCAA tournament. He has work ethic, you can never go wrong there. The Lakers scouting staff got 2 gems, like the Spurs used to get cats out of nowhere, polished them, and turned them into impact players in the league. Not only that, there are possibly more good prospects that could come outta the summer league.

2010 Crossing Jordan (as in Farmar heading cross-country to Joisey):


Good luck to Jordan "Keebler Elf" Farmar.

It's a shame that a hometown kid, who went to Taft H.S., then to UCLA, before being drafted by The Best Franchise in the NBA wanted to willingly leave for another team.

Then again, maybe that is what it will take. Maybe he has to leave the Lakers in order to truly REALIZE how good he had it with the Purple & Gold. Regrets. He'll have a few...huh?

At this point, it won't do any good to tell Jordan that going from the Lakers to the Nets is essentially going from the Penthouse to the Outhouse.

I don't care who the new owner of the Nets is. Mikhail Prokhorov has his hands full (even with Jay-Z as part owner) trying to turn that franchise around. The Nets have a mountain to climb in Gotham, trying to wrest market share from the Knicks. After losing out on the LBJ sweepstakes, I doubt signing Farmar will gain much traction with Nets' fans.

Letting him walk will also help out Sasha Vujacic. How many times did we notice that Jordan (for whatever reason) didn't seem to like passing the ball to Vujacic? Bringing in Steve Blake, a prototypical pass-first sort of guard, could turn out to really help Sasha's game in a number of ways.

Sasha should come back this fall with a gigantic infusion of confidence gained from hitting both of those HUGE free-throws at the end of Game 7. Watch for a break-out type of season from him.

P & G R

Pointforward, your analysis of Farmar is about as far off base as you possibly get. "Heady"? "Brought your A-game all the time"? Are you serious? This guy could not crack the starting lineup on a team with perhaps the worst regular season PG in the league, and now that he's a free agent, the best offer he can get is to BACK UP the starter on the worst team in the NBA.

Jordan Farmar is a terrible point guard, and is the beneficiary of a Nets team that lost out on virtually every free agent that it sought, so it had money to burn. $4 million a year for Jordan? Really? That has got to be one of the worst contracts in the NBA, so congrats to Farmar for getting paid FAR in excess of his value. Hope he enjoys (and saves) his money, because this is likely to be his last NBA contract, and after spending the next three years riding the pine in New Jersey, he will never be heard from again.

God

good points. good points from God, sounds like an oxymoron. whatever …

re:Farmar (because the God thing we can't fix)

remember, last year he had a visit in Israel. so i was thinking that even if he does not get any contract in the NBA (actually i was rooting for that), or if this is his last contract, he can always go back to Israel and start a not-for-profit organization.

he can improve the Palestinian-Israel relation by teaching youg Palestinian and Israely kids how create stronger bonds by sharing the basketball and throwing it OVER the WALL.

So with what he made from the Lakers and the 12 million from the Swampdragons, that means that the little dude will have made 20 million just for bouncing the ball and shooting it...isn't America great???? No wonder there are so many immigrants.....(no offense, actually Jordan had more offense than defense).
Barnes is still out there, no one's calling so he's calling Golden State, let's take him, and Shannon will probably get picked up by another team with money, that isn't Miami, cuz they just keep printing theirs....Now how come we could not do a sign and trade with AMMO and Walton, for Mike Miller, oh I know why, because AMMO and Walton can't play!!!!!!! Dang, Farmar and $12 million bucks, and the Russian version of Mark Cuban.....there's gotta be a monopoly board open somewhere, cuz that's the way things seem to be going, like a "game"....I guess it should cuz basketball is a game.

What's your problem with Jordan Farmar? This guy wants a chance to show that he can be a front line PG in the league. He deserves that chance.
He won't be a starter in NJ, but he will be the primary backup, probably playing 25 minutes a game if he performs up to par. With an opt out clause in year 2, he has an opportunity to be a starting PG afterward.
Every little used young backup has an obligation to themselves trying to maximize their talent. Farmar just wants an opportunity.

I understand where Farmar us coming from.
He sees all of the former UCLA point guards becoming stars and he sits on the bench.
Maybe he has some moves we've never seen and maybe he can handle better and
pass better than we've seen.
He helped us win a couple of titles and I'm sure he is leaving
with the confidence of a champion.
Good luck.

good luck to Jordan, and thanks for everything.

You can take our Jordy but you can never take our EARRRRRRRRS!
Jordy you got your Rings now it's time to get some Ka Ching!
Best of Luck my brother, go out and show the world what
a two time title winnning Los Angeles Laker can do.
I'll be rooting for you. Just remember. once a Laker always a Laker.

Mamba24/Larry C.

Wow. What a moment from melo's wedding (From the NY Post):


"According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar'e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, "We'll form our own Big 3," Paul allegedly said.


Attendee Spike Lee nearly passed out at the suggestion.


The Knicks may not have to wait until 2012. The Knicks have an alternate plan as they stockpile a lot of tradeable assets.


Yes, that's LeBron James (middle) and his buddy Chris Paul (above, left), the Hornets star guard, hitting the streets yesterday in Manhattan, where they dined at Serafina before heading to Barney's for some shopping with their bodyguards. A source told The Post on Dec. 15, when trades are permitted for free-agent signees and draft picks, the Knicks will try to put together a package for either free-agent-to-be Tony Parker or Paul.


Raymond Felton, the Knicks' new point guard acquired last week from Charlotte, will be eligible to be traded in December and if the Spurs or ailing Hornets like him, perhaps either point guard could be had, giving Felton a short Knick run. A Felton/Wilson Chandler package would not be out of the question for at least Parker.


LeBron James was at the wedding, but Paul was not trying to take a dig at him. They are close friends. In fact, James would love nothing more for Miami and the Knicks to one day battle in the Eastern Conference Finals. James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh vs. Stoudemire-Anthony-Paul. Can you imagine?"


Wow. I think watching Kobe win 5 rings has had an effect on a few players.


Wes

Dang, Farmar and $12 million bucks, and the Russian version of Mark Cuban.....there's gotta be a monopoly board open somewhere, cuz that's the way things seem to be going, like a "game"....I guess it should cuz basketball is a game.
Posted by: humanomaly | July 12, 2010 at 02:46 AM
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Preach Humanomaly, Preach!

mamba24

@Wes, Thanks for the Info bro.

Mamba24/larrY

Couldn't be more proud of what Mr. Farmar just did - he just gave Mitch the Snake Kupchak a dose of his own medicine - hey Mitch, I don't need you, if you think the world revolves around you sucker

Fish should stay, but, if it is not possible...has anybody thought about A.I.?

If I were Buss I wouldn't want to take the chance that any of LAL's secrets might be vulnerable to outsiders. It seems like the Triangle offense could easily come up in a conversation or during a random practice or two.

As for the rest of the team, keep them in tact. This is Bynum's year to be unencumbered by health related issues and KB, of course, will ensure he comes back in the best shape possible.

Having said that, I don't believe Miami will walk away with a ring next year (a 3- Peat seems inevitable for LAL) but once they have gelled the Lakers will need all of their pieces in place to battle those last two years, especially, of KB's contract..........and ultimately for years to come.

Go Lakers!

Good luck, Farmar (not Farmer, you casual fans). Kid's got 2 rings, and now he's getting paid. More power to him.

DBDH!

Sorry to hear that JF decided to leave. Fish should stay, but, if it is not possible...has anybody thought about A.I.?

If I were Buss I wouldn't want to take the chance that any of LAL's secrets might be vulnerable to outsiders. It seems like the Triangle offense could easily come up in a conversation or during a random practice or two.

As for the rest of the team, keep them in tact. This is Bynum's year to be unencumbered by health related issues and KB, of course, will ensure he comes back in the best shape possible.

Having said that, I don't believe Miami will walk away with a ring next year (a 3- Peat seems inevitable for LAL) but once they have gelled the Lakers will need all of their pieces in place to battle those last two years, especially, of KB's contract..........and ultimately for years to come.

Go Lakers!

So much depends on Andrew Bynum. If he develops his game some more this year, I have a lot of confidence that the Bynum / Gasol length combo can score and rebound on any front line in the NBA. But Bynum has to be healthy to be on the court in the 4th quarter.


Some people have dreams of trading Odom for a PG or a slasher, but those things only happen in a world where Andrew Bynum is healthy enough to get sustained 4th quarter play. He not only has to play at the ends of games, but he has to show that he he can dominate his position at the end of games, something he hasn't done yet.


Still, let the monsters in the east assemble their barbarian hoards. So long as Andrew stays healthy, we have an almost unnatural twin tower combination that no one else can match. But it's fragile...


Wes

In fairness to Farmar, despite his many flaws: One thing he did do better than anyone else on the Lakers was get the ball to Bynum in a position to score. He showed the effectiveness of the lob to AB for a dunk, while Fisher, for example, seemed not to want to pass AB the ball at all.

Hopefully this won't be an issue going forward. And yet: We're all aware of how of how many times last season the Lakers stopped going inside, for no apparent reason.

Ego: It's not just an eastern conference thing.

From Yahoo:


"A source close to Derek Fisher said he’s confident the free-agent guard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers instead of going to the Miami Heat.


Fisher reportedly received a $2.5 million offer for next season from the Lakers. He has been seeking a two-year contract with a starting salary closer to the $5 million he made last season.


Depending on whether the Heat sign both Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem, they could be in position to offer only the veteran’s minimum to Fisher. Fisher visited with the Heat in Miami on Saturday.

– Marc J. Spears, 1:30 a.m. ET, July 12"


Wes

 
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