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In the (Championship) Locker Room: Farmar

Jordan FarmarIt’s already been 15 days since the Lakers used a 99-86 drubbing of the Orlando Magic to win the franchise’s 15th NBA Championship.

A lot’s happened since then, including the NBA Draft, exit interviews, the comical premiere of “Real World Cancun” (year 22?!) and even the melancholy passing away of the King of Pop.

Thus, in case you need a memory refresher, we’ll be posting periodic videos from the immediate postgame locker room, starting with a conversation with Jordan Farmar just minutes after the final buzzer when he said this:

Growing up in L.A. watching the Lakers do this for years before I got here was special, I felt part of it as a fan,” said Farmar. “To go through so much this season, have an injury, fluctuating playing time and all types of adversity makes it all worth it. This is what we all sacrificed for from day one. I can’t even put it into words right now.

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Jordan Farmar: Exit Interview

blog_090616jordanfarmarJordan Farmar began the 2008-09 season playing quite well off the bench, serving as the spark behind the league’s best second unit as L.A. opened 20-3, but a few games later he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee and missed 17 games. Getting back into rhythm was tough for Farmar, though his biggest contribution of the season came at a key moment: After Derek Fisher was suspended for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Houston, Farmar contributed 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals with just one turnover in 33 minutes of L.A.’s 108-94 win.

In the regular season, Farmar averaged 6.4 points, 2.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.88 steals in 18.3 minutes, while in the postseason, he played just 13 minutes per, putting up 4.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

In his exit interview, he talked about what it was like balancing a player’s desire to play more with sacrificing for the team’s greater good, which ultimately paid off with a championship and more:

- “I just (want to) continue to grow,” he said. “I’ve been making pretty good strides, started off the season well and had to battle an injury to get back to where I was before … It’s hard to have both personal growth and team growth.”

- On his role for next year: “It’s tough. I think it will be similar, hopefully a little more (playing time), I’m trying to get as much as possible.”

- On the chance to start Game 3 against Houston: “It was good for me. My life long trainer told me, ‘You always need to keep your head and stay mentally tough. They’re going to have to use you.’ I didn’t play at all in the Utah series. If Derek Fisher doesn’t commit a flagrant foul I don’t know if I ever play again.”

- Farmar revealed that a few games before the regular season ended, he apologized to all the coaches for showing his frustrations. “Once they knew where my head was at it was easier for me to just enjoy the experience.” He also cited a time when Fisher addressed the team while struggling in the Rockets’ series. According to Farmar, Fish said this: “I can’t just be the leader of the choir I have to be a member also.” Farmar explained that he, Fisher and Brown all supported each other constantly no matter who was playing well or poorly.

- More on Fisher: “Fish is a champion, he’s a leader, one of the captains and he’s proved that he can still do it. I can understand why it’s such a tough spot for them. He’s valuable for so many ways that don’t even show up on the stat sheet.”

- On his summer workouts: “Just continue to work on everything really. Catch and shoot is a big thing in this system .. Defensively putting more pressure on some of the guards … Just a bit of everything. For me it’s about my body and my mindset.”

Halfcourt Contest

After this morning’s shootaround Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic and assistant coach Brian Shaw stayed to have a little halfcourt shooting contest. Check out the video above to see who won and what they had to say afterwards.

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.

Farmar Day-to-Day with Foot Pain

Lakers spokesman John Black said that Jordan Farmar has been experiencing pain in his right foot lately, and was sent to see Dr. Phil Kwong on Friday.

X-rays, a CT scan and MRI all came back normal; Farmar is listed as day-to-day with tendonitis.

Friendly Success

Luke WaltonLuke Walton and Jordan Farmar have their Matt Damon – Ben Affleck thing going on, no question about it.

The question is, does that friendship translate into success onto the NBA floor?

“I don’t know if there’s a direct correlation between being good friends and playing well together on the court,” said Walton upon first consideration. “I think it more has to do with our styles of playing the game. We both understand the game pretty well and over the past two years, we’ve played a lot of 2-of-2 and 3-on-3 with each other and developed a good feel for each other’s games.”

Farmar had a different perspective.

“It definitely helps,” he countered. “If you’re friends with someone, you know their game, you know what they’re good at, you know how to put them in a position to be successful and you want them to be successful. They want the same for you, so it’s a different kind of chemistry and feeling out there when you like, know and enjoy people you’re playing with.”

So … which is it?

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Walton Feeling Zona’s Sweet 16

March MadnessA No. 12 seed into the Sweet 16, huh?

“I tried to tell everyone already,” said Luke Walton without too much prompting regarding his Arizona Wildcats. “My teammates were all getting on me for picking Arizona because I was showing favoritism to my school, but I’m a realist. I just told them what was going to happen. I have them going to the National Championship game.”

While ‘Zona still has a long ways to go to get there – they’d have to beat Louisville, the Michigan State/Kansas winner and likely either UCONN or Memphis – Walton’s already feeling pretty good. He correctly picked 38 of the 48 possible games played in rounds one and two, and was the only participant in our March Madness contest (he ranks third behind Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison) to correctly take Arizona to the Sweet 16, where they’ll face Rick Pitino’s squad.

“We have a tough matchup against Louisville, but we have two kids starting for Arizona that are from San Diego, which definitely helps,” said Walton, who coincidentally happens to be from San Diego. “We have a tough point guard in Nic Wise – you need a tough point to succeed in the tourney – and we have one of the best big men in the country in Jordan Hill. That’s the recipe for success right there.”

Now, if his teammates are talking trash, Walton’s not listening.

“The things is, my teammates aren’t even allowed to talk to me about it – except for Shannon (Brown) and Adam (Morrison), because they’ve got Michigan State and Gonzaga still going,” Walton explained. “If your team is out of it, you can’t speak to the people that have teams still playing for something. You can’t talk trash – I mean you can talk to me, just not about college basketball.”

So if Brown or Morrison wants to have a nice lil’ NCAA conversation with Luke, it’s all good. On the other hand, an example of guys who aren’t allowed to speak to Walton about college hoops are Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar, whose UCLA Bruins lost in the second round to Villanova.

“That’s what happens when you don’t win your conference or conference tournament, you get a higher seed and have to go up against a team playing great basketball in their hometown (Philadelphia),” said Farmar. “I took the hit in my bracket with my Bruins pick to win it all, but if I’m going down it’s going to be with my boys.”

Fair enough.

Pau & Jordan on Numb3rs Tonight

Lakers Pau Gasol and Jordan Farmar will be special guest stars on tonight’s episode of CBS’s Numb3rs (10pm ET/PT).

The pair of NBA stars come to the rescue and help the “Cal Sci” basketball team in their time of need.

The Numb3rs website has some behind-the-scenes footage (you can also watch full episodes there) for ya.

Let’s hope the whole thing goes better than this… just kidding Luke.

Farmar Feels “Great” After First Game Back

After missing 17 games since injuring his knee on Dec. 19 at Miami, Jordan Farmar returned unexpectedly on Sunday in L.A.’s 99-85 victory over San Antonio.

After coming back to the Lakers in half the expected eight weeks, Farmar contributed heavily in the form of 14 points (5-of-7 shooting), two assists and a steal, while his presence allowed Derek Fisher to play only 25 minutes.

Following Monday’s practice, Farmar was asked how his knee responded to his first live action since before Santa came.

“I felt great,” he said. “We went today, no problems. It feels just like the other (knee). I just put ice on it to be cautious (and for) maintenance.

I know the structure of the knee now. I got a little model and everything. There’s nothing wrong with my knee joint – everything is stable and in tact and ready to go.”

Next up for Farmar is a date with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday at STAPLES Center, leading into L.A.’s first of two long road trips that commences Friday evening in Minnesota.

Farmar on Active List, Could Play

The title pretty much sums it up…

In his scheduled pregame media session, Phil Jackson said that Lakers backup point guard Jordan Farmar will be on the active list for Sunday’s matinee matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

Farmar could play for the first time since Dec. 19 in Miami, when he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He was expected to miss approximately eight weeks after the surgery, but has healed at nearly twice that pace.