Lakers.com has a great new feature out on two of my favorite Lakers — Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar. But, honestly, they are all my favorite Lakers now that Vlad Radmanovic is toast. Anyway, the article is about their burgeoning bromance and how it helps them connect on the court. Here’s an excerpt, from Lakers.com:
Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar have their Matt Damon – Ben Affleck thing going on, no question about it.
The question is, does that friendship translate into success onto the NBA floor?
“I don’t know if there’s a direct correlation between being good friends and playing well together on the court,” said Walton upon first consideration. “I think it more has to do with our styles of playing the game. We both understand the game pretty well and over the past two years, we’ve played a lot of 2-of-2 and 3-on-3 with each other and developed a good feel for each other’s games.”
Farmar had a different perspective.
“It definitely helps,” he countered. “If you’re friends with someone, you know their game, you know what they’re good at, you know how to put them in a position to be successful and you want them to be successful. They want the same for you, so it’s a different kind of chemistry and feeling out there when you like, know and enjoy people you’re playing with.”
So … which is it?
Perhaps being good friends encourages more time spent with a guy on and off the basketball court, which encourages a better understanding of one another’s game and thus, more success on the floor?
“Yeah, that’s more like it,” Walton allowed. “It’s a little easier to make things happen when you’re that familiar, and Jordan and I tend to complement each other better because of that.”
I remember the days when the Kobe-Shaq Lakers seemed divided, especially there at the end during that Payton-Malone last-ditch attempt to save the Kobe-Shaq marriage. Seems like the team is much closer now. That could be partially due to friendships like the one Farmar and Walton share off the court.