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NBA lockout: Former Laker Jordan Farmar to play in Israel

August 3, 2011 | 12:48 pm

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The news falls under the radar compared with Deron Williams' overseas stint in Turkey. It also won't receive as much attention as to what Kobe Bryant's offseason entails, even if his proclamation about wanting to play overseas becomes nothing more than a threat.

But former Laker Jordan Farmar has joined the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv and will play for as long as the NBA lockout lasts. Farmar, who is Jewish, won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers before moving to the Nets in 2010.

In an interesting twist, Farmer is the second ex-Laker reserve to take his talents elsewhere. Sasha Vujacic also signed with the Turkish basketball team, Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

There's a split among Laker fans on how much the team should actually miss these guys, considering their upside (youth, talent) never truly outweighed their poor decision-making and consumption with playing time and individual performances. It's also debatable whether their overseas stints will even mean much, but at least they're capitalizing on playing overseas rather than just giving lip service that they'll take their services elsewhere. 

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Photo: Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar splits the defense of Boston's Paul Pierce and Michael Finley in the 2010 NBA Finals. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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