Nick Young and Jordan Farmar, known as Peanut Butter and Jelly when they were on the same summer club team, went on to become known as “the Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the Pac-10 Conference” and now the two former high school rivals, both born in LA, are teammates on the LA Lakers.
Farmar spent his first 4 years in the league with the Lakers before leaving for the Nets and then spending the last couple of years playing overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes in the Turkish basketball league. Young spent his first 4 years in the league with the Wizards before being traded to the Clippers in early 2012. 4 months later, Young signed a 1-year deal with the 76ers and almost exactly a year after that date, the always smiling Young signed with the Lakers. Last night, the two made a huge contribution in the Laker’s preseason win against the Warriors. The win gives the Lakers, playing without Nash, Gasol and Bryant, more wins this preseason than last year’s much hyped Lakers were able to win.
Nick Young scored 17 points and had a few highlights including this crossover and jumper on Harrison Barnes.
Jordan Farmar, along with Xavier Henry, came off the bench and were the key players in the 4th quarter, sparking a 7-0 run near the end of the game. Henry finished with a game high of 29 points and Farmar had 12 points, 3 steals and a game high 7 assists in 27 minutes of action.
If you want to read a great article about Jordan and Nick’s friendship and journey to the NBA, head over to LATime.com for this article by Ben Bolch.