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Old 10-06-2006, 03:11 AM   #1
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LAKERS REPORT


Farmar Still May Need Some Development


By Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer


October 5, 2006


Jordan Farmar was enmeshed in the fall quarter at UCLA a year ago, taking in Bruins football games and preparing for a basketball season that eventually ended in the NCAA championship game.

He's now starting over, in a big way, leaving the comforts of Westwood after his sophomore season and becoming the 26th player taken in the NBA draft, property of the Lakers.

UCLA still tugs at him — he stopped by campus recently — but his present-day status almost leaves him in awe.

"I still have friends that are there," Farmar said. "I do miss it at times, but I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world. I can't even put into words how good it feels to be here. It's good to have someone like Kobe [Bryant] watching, and when you do something right and wrong, give you advice on how to improve. It makes it a great situation."

Farmar, 19, has demonstrated decent knowledge of the triangle offense and has shown some fire defensively, but he joins a crowded backcourt and could be a candidate for the Development League. He is the least experienced of the Lakers guards, falling in line behind Bryant, Smush Parker, Maurice Evans, Sasha Vujacic, Aaron McKie and Shammond Williams.

"It's certainly possible," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "Training camp will give us a gauge. He had a good summer. He did work on his body so he's stronger. It looks like he's held his own [so far], but the D-League is there for a reason. It's going to depend on training camp, the health of our players and coach's decision."

Players in their first two seasons can be assigned to the Development League up to three times a season. If Farmar were assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders — the Lakers' Development League team — he would continue to be paid his NBA salary and would still be considered part of the Lakers' 15-man roster.

He'd rather not talk about it, understandably.

"I haven't thought of it," Farmar said. "I'm sure they're going to want to do what's best for their organization and for me as well. If they feel that I can get experience down there … it's not the end of the world. I would love to be on the court with these guys, that's definitely what my goal is, but I'm professional now and I have to act like one."


The Lakers' other teenager, Andrew Bynum, packed on some muscle during the off-season and said he is now 7 feet 1. Now he needs to work on court awareness and expanding his moves in the post.

"You can just look at Andrew and see that he's improved his body," assistant coach Kurt Rambis said. "He still has a long way to go in terms of the knowledge he has to have in order to have success out there on the floor. He has made strides, he has made improvements. It's nice to see that he's getting more control over his body. He was puppy-like last year. He's starting to tighten things up a little bit."

Bynum, who will be 19 this month, averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in only 7.3 minutes last season.

"I'm going to go out there and prove I should get some more minutes," he said. "That's what training camp is for."


Parker did not practice Wednesday and is day-to-day with a sore right shoulder after colliding with Brian Cook while chasing a loose ball…. Wednesday's practice consisted mainly of walk-through after walk-through on offense, so many that Rambis couldn't guarantee that a recovering Phil Jackson would watch it from start to finish on the practice tape. "I can't imagine that he would go through that and be able to enjoy it … or stay awake," Rambis said.


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Old 10-06-2006, 03:27 AM   #2
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I doubt it...I think he will make the active roster...he is too good...the media just needed something to write about thats all.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:37 AM   #3
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Yeah I agree, the only guys I would see getting D-League time would be Pinnock if he somehow makes the roster, and maybe Bynum if Mihm comes back strong and takes Drew's minutes.
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Thats also assuming pinnock makes the team.
But yeah If chris is healthy Bynum will see D-League (which might not make the young center happy)
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Old 10-06-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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If you recall, the same thing was said about Bynum that he would go to the D League... Farmar's not going to the D League and the LA Times writer is just looking to make noise!
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If Parker, Sasha, and Shammond is playing good ball, the best thing for Farmar might be to start the year in the d-league, especially if he's not playing well. A player needs playing time to really develop and if he's not going to get game minutes for the Lakers, he can get minutes for their d-league squad. It's not a big deal. If he's sent to the d-league, it will be for the best.
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If Parker, Sasha, and Shammond is playing good ball, the best thing for Farmar might be to start the year in the d-league, especially if he's not playing well. A player needs playing time to really develop and if he's not going to get game minutes for the Lakers, he can get minutes for their d-league squad. It's not a big deal. If he's sent to the d-league, it will be for the best.


Dont forget that they also get good "experience" playing in practice against the first stringers and get more exposure to the Triangle.

I am not sure if the D-League is going to run the Triangle... anyone know if the Defenders will?
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NBDL for Farmar? he better beat out williams! noo
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NBDL for Farmar? he better beat out williams! noo

well we know that phil likes the veteran gaurds runnin his **** and most of the time phil is successful with them.

But aaron mckie was a huge setback so I hope Shammond will show us something because mckie didnt show us anything at all be getting injured.
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