Lakers notes: Farmar expects quick return
By Elliott Teaford, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/01/2009 07:48:52 PM PST
LOS ANGELES - Jordan Farmar certainly looked as if he was ready to return to the practice court Thursday afternoon. The only hint that something was amiss was tape covering incisions from last week's arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
An exact return date remains uncertain for Farmar, although he did not rule out rejoining the Lakers by the All-Star break next month.
"It feels good, really good," he said. "There's not a lot of pain. I just need to get my quad strong and my muscles firing again. I just need to get back on the court and get working on some stuff again."
Farmar hopes to take the next step in his rehabilitation work next week.
"I'll probably get into a pool next week," he said. "I'll probably do some cardio work in the pool. Once it gets strong again and I get my full range of motion back, then I can go back on the court and start doing some stuff.
"There's no stitches, just the (surgical) holes and they should be closed by the end of the week."
Farmar averaged 7.9 points and 2.4 assists in 19.6 minutes in 25 games while serving as point guard Derek Fisher's backup. He injured his knee during the Lakers' loss to the Miami Heat on Dec. 19 and underwent surgery Dec. 24.
"I'm always upbeat," he said. "It's not anything I look forward to, but it's all about how you respond to it mentally. Being away from basketball is the hardest part. This is the third day I've been back to the facility. I've been at home trying to keep the swelling down.
"I've been in here at 7 a.m. working on it."
Otherwise, Farmar's physical activity is limited to shooting free throws.
"I can walk, but I can't move," he said. "The faster I get the swelling out, the faster I can come back. It's possible (to return by the All-Star break), but I don't know. The therapist will clear me when I'm ready.
"I'm not worried. I just have to do what I have to do to come back right, with fresh legs."
Fisher said he's prepared to log big minutes while Farmar is sidelined and Lakers coach Phil Jackson has no reason to doubt the veteran. Jackson said Fisher is "doing well" with the added work load.
"He wanted to stay on the floor (during Thursday's practice), but I wanted him to get off," Jackson said. "I just think the guys who stay attentive to the amount of work they're doing are going to be all right. With the massage, diet, strength training - they all take really good care of themselves."
Fisher is averaging 29.4 minutes through 30 games, but is up to 36 minutes per game in the five games since Farmar was injured.