Jordan Farmar entered this season with the Los Angeles Lakers hoping for it to be a blissful reunion resulting in a trip to the playoffs, but with an injury-plagued roster it was anything but what he expected.
It was a nightmarish type of year for the Lakers as they suffered injuries throughout the entire team that included Farmar missing 41 games due to two separate hamstring tears and a right groin strain.
“Given circumstances that were not still playing and we are here and the season’s over I had to deal with some injuries but I felt overall I was productive.” Farmar said at his exit interview on Thursday. “I showed some growth and I am excited for the possibilities of the future.”
Despite the injuries, Farmar was consistent contributor when healthy as he averaged 10.1 points on and 4.9 assists that was highlighted by his career-high 30 points with a career-best eight 3-pointers on Feb. 28 against the Sacramento Kings. He was also ranked fifth in the NBA in assist percentage (38.8) at the time of his initial hamstring at beginning of last December.
The 27-year-old pointed to his experience overseas playing for the Anadolu Efes that helped him mature and find his individual game, which is something he believes the can build on this offseason.
“I started to really to understand my game,” Farmar said. “I think that was the biggest thing overseas as we were going to live or die on how I performed every night. Really knowing how to pick my spots. Being able to shoot the ball is a tremendous asset in this league. Playing in any type of system whether it’s the triangle or up-and-down pace like (Mike) D’Antoni’s and being able to make shots that is something I am going to continue to work on. I am really trying to stay consistent in that part and open up the rest of my game.
As for his free agency plans, Farmar is confident that he will be able to remain with the Lakers next season but also understands that the NBA is a business.
“I am pretty confident but this a business though and you have to approach it as such,” Farmar said. “You have to let everything play itself out before them our myself can make any decision. But I want to be back. It’s not a secret. I’m from here. I love the Lakers. I love this organization, the city (and) the fans. My friends and family are here. It’s a special place for me, and it’s definitely where my heart is.”
Although Farmar desires a return to Los Angeles, it will ultimately be up to the organization if they want to keep him this offseason. The 27-year-old this season proved that he could be a consistent contributor off the bench, which helped make him a strong case for a possible return to the team. With that said, all he can do now is hope that the Lakers have mutual interest in retaining him this upcoming July.
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