A poll in the 2010 Back to School issue of STACK magazine revealed that 51 percent of respondents would rather “serve as a back-up or practice player on the varsity squad” than “start or play a prominent role on the junior varsity team.” It seems that the newest New Jersey Net, Jordan Farmar, identifies with the 49 percent who would prefer to contribute more in minutes and play a bigger role.
Farmar, a former Laker, did not receive the court time he wanted with his old team. He hopes to remedy that with a fresh start on his new team—and also to bring the Nets up from JV status to the varsity level.
Granted, he already has two NBA championship rings under his belt. But when the Los Angeles native signed with the Nets this past summer, he had other things on his mind besides a three-peat with a powerhouse team. “It’s a new opportunity for me,” says Farmar, who’s looking forward to “growing as an individual player, as a person, as an organization. I think there’s a lot of room for [the Nets] to grow from where [we were] last year to where we can be this year.”
Hoping to revive the franchise alongside fellow Nets newbies Brook Lopez and rookie Derrick Favors, Farmar is focused on doing his best for his new team. “Although it’s a game, it’s a job. Being able to perform at the maximum level, you just have to be in that right state of mind…focused on what your job is,” he says. And his new job is to help the Nets rack up points—hopefully by spending more time on the court.