Ivica Zubac Rumors

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Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
Position: C
Born: 03/18/97
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $1,312,611
Despite all the improvements that have left both Zubac and the Lakers encouraged about his game, the Lakers’ second-year center may not take his biggest leap until Las Vegas Summer League play ends. Then, Zubac hopes to train with the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. “I hope after summer league I get the chance to work out with Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Zubac said.
MT: We’re sitting here on the practice court as some of the young players workout, looking at Ivica Zubac … is that red meat for a strength coach? A 19-year-old big man who clearly has room to change his body for the better, and really wants to do the work to get there*? *Zubac led the Lakers in 2016-17 in total workouts at the team facility. Peterson: I’m always going to look for explosive movement. At his size, can he not get smoked and be left standing there? You don’t want somebody to do that to you. So, first-step quickness. Keep him strong down low and keep his confidence up. It’s not forgiving out on the court. Nobody’s going to (take it easy on him) as a 19-year-old. To me, the goal is to keep him strong and let him know that he is strong. Keep him capable and let him feel capable, and always shore up the weakness.
MT: With the way the NBA has changed in recent years, many true centers have increasingly been played off the court if they can’t switch onto perimeter players and defend laterally. How can you work with Zubac on that end? Peterson: We’ll do a lot of resisted runs laterally in all directions. A lot of steps and opening up his body, so if he’s in the center of a clock face with 12 straight ahead, I’ll have him open up to 4, 5, 7 and 8 so he can get that movement and feel comfortable in that transverse plane of motion. And I’m a big fan of doing it all against resistance, whether it’s a resisted run trainer, manual resistance against a band or whatever, so that when he’s able to break free on a court, he’s unencumbered.