Jordan Farmar says playing abroad in Turkey was beneficial to his career.
Farmar, who signed a three-year, $10.5-million deal last summer to play in the Turkish Basketball League, agreed to take a salary cut to play with the Lakers, signing with them in July.
His experience overseas, he says, taught him how to become a leader.
"It was the first time in my professional career where I got to carry a team," he said of Turkish team Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games. "I was taking and making big shots. I was at the free throw line at the end of games. I was responsible for how we were going to perform as a team because I had a lot of the load.
"I never had that as a professional yet. Just going through that, I think gave me a lot more opportunity to see what works, to learn my game, to just figure myself out as a player and a person."