TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar says he is looking forward to a “great life experience” when he plays for Israeli champion Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout.

Farmar landed in Israel Thursday and was greeted at the airport by dozens of fans singing and banging drums in celebration. Farmer said he was excited to play “for an organization that is committed to winning.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv was the runner-up in the Euroleague last season.

Farmar, who is Jewish, won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers before moving to the Nets in 2010.

The 6-foot-2-inch guard will play for Tel Aviv as long as the NBA lockout lasts. The 24-year-old Farmar is one of the highest-profile players to play for Maccabi.

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