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LAS VEGAS – The Brooklyn Nets failed to get out of the first round of the NBA Finals, and the Los Angeles Lakers could not even make it to the playoffs, but their results were not surprising for a two-time champion.
Jordan Farmar, who played with the Lakers for several seasons between two different stints, told Fox News Digital over the weekend ahead of a celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas that he did not see the Nets and Lakers as the favorites to get to the NBA Finals.
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“I did not think they were favorites that came in, I just saw the way both of these teams are built. They have a lot of talent and a lot of big names, but not a lot of team chemistry and guys who make the little ones. things and play their roles, “Farmar said. “It’s really important when it comes to winning.”
Farmar added that there is much more parity in the NBA today, making it harder for teams to play isolation basketball, while teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans get better as guys buy into their roles.
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“The NBA is getting more and more parity in the league, and there are a lot of teams that have not been good historically, but that are really starting to grow and come together. You see teams like Minnesota and New Orleans, young teams that are hungry. They play. “just the right way. It makes it hard just to play isolation or superstar basketball,” Farmar said.
Farmar, who lives in Las Vegas, was preparing for the inaugural Las Vegas Invitational Celebrity Golf and Poker Tournament organized by The Greens Golf Association in partnership with Resorts World Las Vegas. He said the first round of the playoffs was exciting.
“Every playoff series was amazing. It could have gone both ways most of the time, and the experience triumphed more times than not,” he said. “It was really fun to watch and see new guys come on the field and make a name for themselves and just find out what they are capable of.”
He also offered an NBA Finals prediction.
“When I come out of the East, even though I’m a Laker, Boston’s probably my favorite. And out of the West, Golden State. Phoenix is dealing with some damage,” he told Fox News Digital. “They’re obviously the Western Conference champions coming back, but it’s going to be between Golden State and Phoenix. They’re just clicking well at the right time and who’s healthy.”
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Farmar was a first-choice pick among the Lakers in 2006. He last played in the NBA in 2016 for the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. He won two rings while with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.