Jordan Farmar posted averages of 7.2 points and 1.5 assists while leading the Lakers in three-point shooting (37.6 percent) in 18 minutes per game, and offered 4.6 points and 1.4 assists in 13 playoff minutes.
Farmar’s exit interview, however, dealt mostly with the fact that he’s a restricted free agent and will have the opportunity to sign a contract with any NBA team on July 1. Since he is restricted, the Lakers could match any offer he receives if they so choose.
The summary of Farmar’s statements:
- Farmar stated that while he’s extremely proud of playing a role in two championship teams – particularly in his native Los Angeles – he’s hoping to move forward to the next stage of his personal career. Farmar would like the opportunity to lead a team as he did the scout teams while preparing L.A.’s starters to go against their respective playoff opponents, and is confident that he could do so.
- (Describing what he wants): “I want to see what kind of player I can be in this league. I know I can do a lot, I know I can lead a team. I definitely want to win and that’s important to me, but I don’t know if I could look back at my career if I didn’t get a chance to see what kind of player I can be. I want to see what I can do on the floor every night in this league.”
- Farmar said that he, Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak were all “at peace” with his situation moving forward, though he couldn’t comment specifically on their conversation.
- Farmar mentioned how well Derek Fisher played and how important his leadership is and thought that Fisher (also a free agent) may have the edge in terms of L.A.’s point guard position. Farmar again implied that if he were to be in a different situation, he’s certainly want the opportunity to start and show what he can do. “I feel like I can do so, so, so much more.”
- Farmar’s expecting a child shortly with his fiance, and detailed: “I have a family of my own starting, and we’re going to be together no matter where we’re at. I have a little one on the way and a lot of things are going the right way.” The implication is that he has to do what’s best for him from a basketball standpoint because his family will be there no matter what.