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.
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.
Guard Jordan Farmar underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on December 24th. Less than a month later he participated in his first practice since the surgery. After shootaround today we caught up with Jordan to go over where he’s at in his rehab and when he expects to be back on the court.
It’s been a little over two weeks since guard Jordan Farmar had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Today we caught up with him quickly to get an idea of what his day-to-day routine is like as he rehabs.
According to Lakers spokesman John Black, Jordan Farmar will have surgery on Wednesday to repair the torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Dr. Clarence Shields of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group will perform the surgery.
Upon the conclusion of the surgery, the Lakers will issue a release with an estimated time for Farmar’s return.
In the locker room about an hour before Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia, Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar spent a few minutes answering a series of questions about his game and his teammates.
Here’s what we covered: Getting a chance to redeem himself the next night after a tough loss; Picking his spots in the triangle offense; Trying to simply outplay whomever’s on the floor against him and not worrying about matchups; And how NBA players gauge where to really turn up the defensive pressure (how many minutes can players physically give maximum effort, realistically?).
Farmar, even in his youth, is already among the best interviews the league, and is someone media members know can be asked almost any question … He’ll find a way to answer it, even if it’s tough. My role isn’t so much to ask tough questions as to try to get behind the generic answer with real insight, and usually Farmar’s able to provide it. Of course, sometimes players simply can’t answer questions straight up because they’re not going to (and should not) criticize a teammate or a coach. That’s something that one should always keep in mind before criticizing comments as “vanilla”. Alas, my point is, Farmar gets all of that.
Here’s a summary of Phil Jackson’s post-practice chat with the press, which we captured on video for your viewing pleasure:
When prompted about Wednesday’s victory over the Hornets, Jackson explained that the box score looked fine the next day, but that he was concerned that his team got itself in jeopardy by not executing offensively and by letting down defensively.
As a visiting scout told me last night, one thing the Hornets started doing was running David West along the baseline, which was pretty effective.
When asked about having 7-of-8 games at home, Jackson gave the old “one game at a time” answer. He doesn’t worry at all about his team’s motivation to play against some of the poorer teams record wise, like New Jersey, Chicago and Sacramento, in the least.
Most of the starters except for Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom sat out of a late scrimmage in practice to rest.
Jackson expects the Pistons to have some good and bad times after acquiring Iverson, but explained that Iverson’s activity level is going to increase what Detroit’s able to do.
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I spent a few minutes talked to Sun Yue about Yao Ming, with whom he spent a little time when the Rockets were in town. Sun said that while Yao is certainly the great guy that we often hear about from anyone who knows him, his celebrity is so insane in China and other places around the world that Yao can seldom go places with the rest of the team. Sun also admitted that he’s occasionally been called “Yao!” by random people in America.
Luke Walton, after going through a tough practice, was still running sprints and going through shooting drills with Jordan Farmar 45 minutes after practice ended. I was going to catch up with Luke, but decided to wait until later since he didn’t seem interested in stopping any time soon. It’s of course good to see the guys who aren’t getting many minutes at a certain stage of the season to be working extra hard in practice … and after practice.
Stay tuned for a full interview with Pistons.com as I tried to learn what I could about the Detroit team heading into STAPLES on Friday night, Allen Iverson and all.