Jordan Farmar is a native of Los Angeles, having played high school ball in Woodland Hills before two years at UCLA and then on to the Lakers.
He won two championships with the Lakers before moving on to play for the New Jersey Nets and then Turkey. He felt like he needed to spread his wings a bit and move away from home to expand his game.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Farmar gave some insight into why he decided it was time to come home. One big reason? The chance to play in Mike D'Antoni's system.
“At the time when I left, I was a free agent. We had won back-to-back championships and I was 23 years old, so I really wanted a chance to grow and live outside of L.A. and do a few different things in my career. But this time around I felt this is an amazing fit, first and foremost, coming back home and playing for Coach D’Antoni right now and bringing whatever I can bring to the table and help the team. It’s just being more prepared to handle what’s going to be asked of me.”
Farmar actually gave up money to leave Turkey and return to the NBA. A chance to play for D'Antoni was not a small factor in making that decision.