Farmer: Journeyman resides in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune 8Jan99
By Steve Luhm: Salt Lake Tribune
Now he wants to play in the NBA here
NBA basketball player, Tony Farmer has found a new home in Utah. Now, all
he needs to do is find a basketball team.
Tony, a converted member of the Church, came to Utah with his wife, a Salt
Lake City area native, and their daughter. They moved into a new home in
Metro SLC in April, where he has started and is running a real estate
development and improvement business, while waiting for the Utah Jazz front
office to finalize player roster decisions. Training camp starts January
As a player, Tony, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward , has starred in Europe
and Canadian leagues along with two ignominious and brief bench sitting
stints in the NBA these last two seasons. He hopes that his basketball
fortunes will change when the Jazz put together their 12-man roster in a
few weeks. At age 29, he has no illusions of ever being a NBA superstar,
but he feels that he can contribute to the team in his final possible years
as a player.
He spent half of the 1996-97 season on the injured reserved list for Miami
before being let go. Last season he signed on with Charlotte as a free
agent, but didn't see much playing time. He also hated the infighting on
Farmer also likes "the family atmosphere'' created by Jazz owner Larry
Miller and Coach Jerry Sloan's "no-nonsense approach'' to his job. "It
just looks like a great situation for me,'' he said. "I wanted to find a
situation where the guys liked each other, and these guys like each other.
I'm impressed with that.''
If a position is offered, money is not going to be much of a factor in his
decision making. Recently his agent called and said that a couple of teams
have extended inquiries about Tony's intentions. However, he said, "I told
my agent this is where I want to be. I'm staying right here", even if
another teams offers higher than the Jazz.
Being a successful business owner and a contended father has its
contractual advantages. "The way my life is now,'' Farmer said, ``I can
make some money on the tail end . . .. Money isn't the most important thing
in my life at this point. We wanted to raise our little daughter in a
great environment. We think this is perfect.''