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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject:

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Barring an unexpected Kawhi trade or Deng salary dump, Zu sure has pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this second life as a Laker. Hope he's more ready for it then he was for the last season...


Anything can still happen, but between the assumptions being made before Bryant was waived, and the current "we still need a starting center" thread, I'm lol just a little at how much a few people are spinning their wheels to not acknowledge Zubac's viability as a starting center, which in this day and age is a relatively low threshold.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject:

Also, it's worth noting that Zubac was considered to be a "draft and stash" candidate when he was selected. Which is to say that he was considered a long-term project. He apparently impressed enough to be added to the roster immediately, but the Lakers obviously knew that patience was required. Obviously, the time is now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject:

Rooting for Zu. Nurkic should be his goal. If he gets in good enough NBA shape, he can affect the game on both sides of the floor.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject:

MickMgl wrote:
Also, it's worth noting that Zubac was considered to be a "draft and stash" candidate when he was selected. Which is to say that he was considered a long-term project. He apparently impressed enough to be added to the roster immediately, but the Lakers obviously knew that patience was required. Obviously, the time is now.


Yup- he is only 21 and entering his 3'rd year in the league now. So he should be hitting his stride. IDK man, but he looks different now in the national team clips. I am hoping he has turned the corner and will be able to play minutes this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject:

Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject:

Zu showed nice signs of progress end of last year. Hope he builds on that and didn't go through another summer of doing apparently nothing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:59 am    Post subject:

Zubac does well with someone who can actually use his picks. Last year he had great chemistry with IT.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject:

MJST wrote:
Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.


His physically maturing too. Looked like jello his rookie year, sort of shed the baby fat. Yr 3, can’t wait to see the ‘Randle’ transformation
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject:

All these posts with so much confidence and praise for Zubac are winning me over.

Still not expecting a lot from him or the center committee but if professional and competent maybe enough for this roster, this year.

Still need to see it on the court but I'm open to the possibility of it working.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject:

lakez34 wrote:
Zu showed nice signs of progress end of last year. Hope he builds on that and didn't go through another summer of doing apparently nothing.


He has been playing with his national team this summer and kicking arse.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 am    Post subject:

Hoping the national team work will translate. His problem in the NBA is that he still makes clumsy mistakes and he gets pushed around. And the international game spaces and moves differently. We'll see. I'm really hoping he can come into his own.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:47 am    Post subject:

not signing Lopez is a blessing for him. he has 1st until the deadline, and then until April (whatever date it is possible to sign released player until) to cement his place in the team. rooting for him to pull it off!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject:

governator wrote:
MJST wrote:
Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.


His physically maturing too. Looked like jello his rookie year, sort of shed the baby fat. Yr 3, can’t wait to see the ‘Randle’ transformation

YOu think he will have the "Randle" transformation?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:13 am    Post subject:

AllorNothing wrote:
governator wrote:
MJST wrote:
Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.


His physically maturing too. Looked like jello his rookie year, sort of shed the baby fat. Yr 3, can’t wait to see the ‘Randle’ transformation

YOu think he will have the "Randle" transformation?


Ok, maybe not ‘The’ Randle transformation’, that was impressive... maybe post baby-fat Marc Gasol or Evan Turner or Jabari Parker?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject:

governator wrote:
AllorNothing wrote:
governator wrote:
MJST wrote:
Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.


His physically maturing too. Looked like jello his rookie year, sort of shed the baby fat. Yr 3, can’t wait to see the ‘Randle’ transformation

YOu think he will have the "Randle" transformation?


Ok, maybe not ‘The’ Randle transformation’, that was impressive... maybe post baby-fat Marc Gasol or Evan Turner or Jabari Parker?


I could see a Marc Gasol type change... though, he would need to do more work in the weight room. Maybe another a couple more years before he really builds out his frame.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:48 pm    Post subject:

Dr. Funkbot wrote:
lakez34 wrote:
Zu showed nice signs of progress end of last year. Hope he builds on that and didn't go through another summer of doing apparently nothing.


He has been playing with his national team this summer and kicking arse.

It is hard to say which Laker will show the most progress this next year. We expect strong improvements from BI, Ball, Kuzma, and Hart. We also expect to see Wagner and Svi outperform their draft position. Still, I think the biggest surprise will be the improvement from Zubac.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject:

AllorNothing wrote:
governator wrote:
MJST wrote:
Zubac was considered a draft and stash in the same way Marc Gasol was.

But you watch Gasol at the same age as Zubac and Zubac is ahead of the curve.


His physically maturing too. Looked like jello his rookie year, sort of shed the baby fat. Yr 3, can’t wait to see the ‘Randle’ transformation

YOu think he will have the "Randle" transformation?


Not unless he worked with Amoila

But he's definitely had a transformation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkxnsbiBXqO/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject:

some highlights from Romania game

Zu scored 20 points on 70%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6MYVwVj5os
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:40 pm    Post subject:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkxnsbiBXqO/

Zu smash! 💪
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:54 pm    Post subject:

Dude is lookin' different. I like the fact he's dunking a lot in those clips and going up STRONG.

Hm.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:55 pm    Post subject:

This kid has to bring it this year, not only because he can.

C'mon Zu!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject:

If he combines his new found strength and his fluid low post moves from his rookie season, we are going to be surprised.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject:

Good to see him developing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject:

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If he combines his new found strength and his fluid low post moves from his rookie season, we are going to be surprised.


Some will. Some of us won't.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject:

Looks good but still taking a good amount of time gathering himself after catching the ball low, and not really taking up with power after he does. Hoping the strength and fluidity continue to develop this year.
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