After rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason, it was thought to be a blissful reunion for Jordan Farmar but it has been nothing short of a frustrating year.
Farmar, who last played for the Lakers in the 2009-10 season spent the following two seasons with the then New Jersey Nets before going overseas for all of last season. In the midst of his first year back in the NBA, the 27-year-old has dealt with arguably his most difficult season as a professional athlete due to injuries.
Farmar this season has missed a total of twenty seven games because of a nagging hamstring injury that he initially suffered on Dec. 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to the injury, he was off to a good start through 18 games as he was averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in 18.9 minutes per game. This included reaching double digit scoring outputs in seven games and also recording seven games of at least five assists.
The injury to seven-year veteran could not have come at worse time as he was also orchestrating the league’s highest scoring bench that was averaging 47.7 points per contest.
However, Farmar made his return to the court on Christmas day against the Miami Heat, but it was short lived as he suffered another tear to his right hamstring on New Year’s Eve against the Milwaukee Bucks that forced him to miss another month. During that four-game stretch he was an effective passer as he recorded three straight games with at least seven assists, but it was apparent that Farmar had not fully recovered as he was not getting the same lift from his legs as he did prior to the initial injury.
“Before I came back I didn’t feel anything, but now I am starting to feel tugging each and every other day,” Farmar said, who went 0-for-5 shooting for 0 point with seven assists, and four rebounds in 20 minutes on the floor against the Bucks on Dec. 31. “When I make a move I feel a strain. It’s back to feeling something day in and day out, and being nervous to pull through it and have it tear completely again.
“It’s something that I am going to have to deal as it is going to bug me regardless. Whenever I do play again and come back, I have to have a different mindset. It’s something that I am going to have to work through and trust it.”
It appeared he had finally got past his hamstring issues in first game back this past Wednesday as he scored 21 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but all that came to a halt as he experienced a cramp in his left calf that led to tightness in his hamstring. Farmar is now listed day-to-day and will likely miss the next three games prior to All-Star break.
“If everybody is healthy and we can spare him, we will try to,” D’Antoni said of Farmar. “We’re going to err on the side of caution because he’s already screwed up his hamstring twice, we’re not going to do it a third time.”
It has been a frustrating season for Farmar in a Lakers’ uniform as he was looking forward to returning to the team that selected him with the 26th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. In signing with Los Angeles this past summer, he had taken a significant pay cut and hoped to not only help the Lakers be a surprise team this season, but also perform well enough to earn himself a good payday come July.
However, this season has been rather the opposite for both Farmar and the Lakers, as his hamstring injuries have significantly limited his playing time this year and Los Angeles prior to the team’s current two-game winning streak had lost 18 out of their last 21 games.
Frankly, it has not been the season that Farmar envisioned when rejoining the Lakers, but injuries are a part of the game. They occur almost every night in the NBA and there is no control over when they happen. The injury bug has not only hit the 27-year-old but also his teammates as Kobe Bryant (leg), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and Pau Gasol (strained right groin) are all currently out for Los Angeles.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is that injuries happen. Farmar just happened to suffer the type of injury that can linger on if not treated correctly or if the player rushes back to soon. So with another setback occurring this week, all he can do is listen to his body and allow his hamstring to recover properly and return when he feel he is ready.
So in what looked to be a promising season for Farmar has turned out to be a nightmarish year for the him. It is one he can grow and learn from as a player.
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