Farmar, Vujacic Return to Los Angeles

With the New Jersey Nets coming to town for a Friday night contest against the Lakers, so too do two players that earned a pair of championship rings for L.A. in Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic.

Vujacic, traded in early December for Joe Smith, is playing a healthy 27.3 minutes per game, averaging 11.3 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.17 steals. He hit a game-winning shot for the Nets last week against the Bulls, and scored 22 points against the Timberwolves on Jan. 1.

“I had seven great years here,” said Vujacic prior to Friday’s game. “I learned how to become a champion in the NBA, and this organization was always good to me from day one. When I come to L.A., it always feels like I’m home.”

Vujacic has been particularly happy to be playing minutes again, saying that he was “suffocating” without playing time, but is now “breathing again.”

Farmar has averaged 9.8 points in 24.7 minutes since signing with the Nets in the offseason, and played very well in the absence of usual starter Devin Harris against Milwaukee on Jan. 8, scoring 20 points with 10 assists in a narrow loss.

“I’m (excited),” said Farmar of returning to his hometown to collect his ring and play for the first time in an opposing jersey. “I don’t get excited about a lot of things, but we worked hard for it … it’s a big deal, and I’m trying to cherish it.”

When asked if he expects and nostalgia to kick in, Farmar talked about his former teammates.

“I’m always going to miss the guys here, and our relationships were amazing,” he said. “You miss the day-to-day interactions with all the guys you’ve been to war with, but I’m happy to be playing ball, learning and trying to grow in my career.

Farmar will receive his championship ring in a ceremony prior the game from Laker captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, while a video of Vujacic highlights with the Lakers will be shown at some point during the game.