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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject:

Anyway back to the point, Zu worked his butt off after his summer league performance and came into camp at the 8% body fat, but he also spent that time working on his agility/speed etc because he wanted to primarily be ready to defend the pick and roll better against guards.

He's not there yet I don't think but it's very clear he's more explosive, quicker than last year and that's great to see. It's the results of the work he's been putting in, I hope he keeps at it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:03 am    Post subject:

"IF" Zu can continue to shine, you can add him in with Hart, and possibly Bryant, to be nice additions to BI/Ball/Randle/Kuz, then add in the shot at two max players and voila, lakers are back in contention!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:05 am    Post subject:

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I always believed in Zubac. If there is a big who can consistently hit a hook shot and play solid D....

History tells us, that sort of thing can make a big man a big unstoppable.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject:

Minnesota's also a good matchup for him.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Minnesota's also a good matchup for him.


Is this kind of like how the basketball is a bad matchup for Brook Lopez when it comes to rebounding it?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject:

Zubac won't play like that every night but as long as he puts forth that type of effort and hustle he deserves more playing time.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject:

Trevacious2 wrote:
Shaber wrote:
I always believed in Zubac. If there is a big who can consistently hit a hook shot and play solid D....

History tells us, that sort of thing can make a big man a big unstoppable.


Especially when that big man works with Kareem and Bill Bertka on said skyhook.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject:

I remember being very disappointed with Summer League and some of his early cameo appearances this season. I was happy to see Zu doing great in the G League though and I still think it was a good move to have him there getting a lot of minutes.

The real eye opener for me though was watching Zubac bang up against Adams in the few minutes he was given the most recent OKC game. This is where I'd swear Zubac is stronger than he was last year. I thought that guy would chew Zubac up. Adams is strong af around the basket. To me it looked like Zubac held his ground battling Adams and then some.

Sure, Zu only went 2 for 6, but he grabbed 5 rebounds in his 17 minutes, meanwhile Adams finished 4 for 11 on the night and was pretty much neutralized when Zubac was out there. Am I seeing this right??

So to me this Minnesota performance is more than just a one game anomaly. Zubac needs more playing time. I hope Luke breaks his little pencil and finds a new one. It frustrates the hell out of me that Brook Lopez closed that game when he was playing stretch 5 poorly with only 2 rebound in 25 minutes, while Zubac was shooting 100%, scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for all of his 19:58 of playing time against the very same opponents that Brook was laying an egg against. I can see a short breather, but whatever happened to playing the hot hand to close the game?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:19 am    Post subject:

Who needs AD when you have the zuuu? Start him over Lopez and see what he can bring. Our young team is really coming together. Hart, Kuz, Ingram, Jules now Zu. We make our own superstars just like GSW and Cleveland did.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject:

I just want a video with Kevin Harlan saying NO!....... YES!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject:

danzag wrote:
I just want a video with Kevin Harlan saying NO!....... YES!!!!!!!!!


Ask and ye shall receive.

With all the love Kevin was giving Zu last night, I wish he dunked on someone - that might've gotten a "...WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!"
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject:

D. Sharp wrote:
danzag wrote:
I just want a video with Kevin Harlan saying NO!....... YES!!!!!!!!!


Ask and ye shall receive.

With all the love Kevin was giving Zu last night, I wish he dunked on someone - that might've gotten a "...WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!"


Hahaha. Man, Kevin Harlan was hyped on Zu. I was dying after that "No!......Yes!!!!!" moment. Freaking hilarious.

(Sidenote: I used to hate Harlan because I thought it was all a shtick and it would irritate me so much. Then one day it hit me: that man genuinely loves basketball and it gets him amped up. Ball is life!)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject:

If Frye does have appendicitis (haven't seen it sourced, but some are mentioning it in the FA thread), then more minutes for the Zu I suppose.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject:

ChickenStu wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Minnesota's also a good matchup for him.


Is this kind of like how the basketball is a bad matchup for Brook Lopez when it comes to rebounding it?

Yes, Brook has always struggled as a rebounder for his position in the pros.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:46 pm    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
ChickenStu wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Minnesota's also a good matchup for him.


Is this kind of like how the basketball is a bad matchup for Brook Lopez when it comes to rebounding it?

Yes, Brook has always struggled as a rebounder for his position in the pros.


Don't count your rebounds before they're hatched.
Let's see how Zu does in the following games.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:09 am    Post subject:

Frye out for rest of the reason.

No excuse for Luke not to give Zu minutes now.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:00 am    Post subject:

MJST wrote:
Frye out for rest of the reason.

No excuse for Luke not to give Zu minutes now.


Frye is out for the season?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:07 am    Post subject:

Is Lopez or Pope in our plans? I think probably not. In that case ZU should be given a chance with the potential I have always seen in him I would like to see him in a 3 man rotation with Randle and Kuz at the 4 and 5.
Ball and Thomas along with Hart at the guard spots in another 3 man rotation. With BI at the 3. ZU and Hart can get a good 27/28 minutes a game. Not holding my breath however...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:16 am    Post subject:

FreakofNature wrote:
Is Lopez or Pope in our plans? I think probably not. In that case ZU should be given a chance with the potential I have always seen in him I would like to see him in a 3 man rotation with Randle and Kuz at the 4 and 5.
Ball and Thomas along with Hart at the guard spots in another 3 man rotation. With BI at the 3. ZU and Hart can get a good 27/28 minutes a game. Not holding my breath however...


Exactly. Pope and Lopez are FA after this season. If the Lakers don't plan to resign them, then give more minutes to Zubac, Thomas, and Hart to finish this season.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject:

Fansince79 wrote:
FreakofNature wrote:
Is Lopez or Pope in our plans? I think probably not. In that case ZU should be given a chance with the potential I have always seen in him I would like to see him in a 3 man rotation with Randle and Kuz at the 4 and 5.
Ball and Thomas along with Hart at the guard spots in another 3 man rotation. With BI at the 3. ZU and Hart can get a good 27/28 minutes a game. Not holding my breath however...


Exactly. Pope and Lopez are FA after this season. If the Lakers don't plan to resign them, then give more minutes to Zubac, Thomas, and Hart to finish this season.


Can't just do that. It looks bad to ruin player worth in a FA year but severely cutting down their minutes unless they rightfully deserve it.

IT and Lopez earned their 20-30mpg.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject:

D. Sharp wrote:
danzag wrote:
I just want a video with Kevin Harlan saying NO!....... YES!!!!!!!!!


Ask and ye shall receive.

With all the love Kevin was giving Zu last night, I wish he dunked on someone - that might've gotten a "...WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!"


Thank you very much, this is fantastic
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:32 am    Post subject:

SocalDevin wrote:
MJST wrote:
Frye out for rest of the reason.

No excuse for Luke not to give Zu minutes now.


Frye is out for the season?


Yes, it is going to take 2 months for his wife to have a baby.




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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:12 pm    Post subject:

venturalakersfan wrote:
SocalDevin wrote:
MJST wrote:
Frye out for rest of the reason.

No excuse for Luke not to give Zu minutes now.


Frye is out for the season?


Yes, it is going to take 2 months for his wife to have a baby.




<sarcasm>


He had an appendectomy.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:32 pm    Post subject:

venturalakersfan wrote:
SocalDevin wrote:
MJST wrote:
Frye out for rest of the reason.

No excuse for Luke not to give Zu minutes now.


Frye is out for the season?


Yes, it is going to take 2 months for his wife to have a baby.




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