Practice Battle in Salt Lake

It’s not the guys you think of immediately when viewing the Laker logo that were battling like Game 7 of the Finals during Friday afternoon’s practice in Salt Lake City.

In white practice jerseys, you had Jordan Farmar (who broke down the matchup for us on video above), Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton and D.J. Mbenga. In purple, it was Shannon Brown, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell and Andrew Bynum.

On paper, give me white every time – you see a playmaker on the purple team?

Sure enough, the whites that swept an at times heated best-of-five series against the purples, 3-0.

Games two and three were open to the media, who watched alongside Phil Jackson, Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant and the rest of his teammates, plus L.A.’s assembled coaching and training staffs. Such is often the case on a day between games, in which Jackson rests his vets and lets the youngsters go at it.

Jordan FarmarIn other news, as you can see in that picture, Farmar could be seen all alone in EnergySolutions Arena after his teammates had left after Thursday’s shootaround. Simply trying to stay sharp while battling through an almost sudden dearth of minutes isn’t easy for any NBA player, regardless of if his performance warranted a demotion of sorts or not. Nonetheless, Farmar’s simply plugging away on the court as he should … It’s hard to imagine that his number won’t be called at some point if the Lakers are going to make the deep run they expect.