He is Croatian but Ivica Zubac of the Los Angeles Lakers was modeling his game according to Marc Gasol, while he was growing up in Zagreb. The young big man of the Lakers talked about his team, Dario Saric, his wish to play for the Croatian national team this summer and even made his EuroLeague Final Four predictions.
“He was the guy who helped win the last medal for Croatian national team, was our most popular athlete and probably the best,” Pacers (and former Nets) forward Bojan Bogdanovic told The Athletic. “Everyone knew who he was and why. He was one of the first European players in the NBA, so he opened the doors to the NBA for Europeans, not just Croatians. You looked up to that and respected it.”
LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball decided to leave school to play abroad professionally. The two Ball brothers have been offered in Lithuania, Croatia, France and Japan so far. Basketeurope.com had the email the agents of the two youngsters are sending to the teams proposing the two players.
Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia suffered their first loss of EuroBasket 2017 on Tuesday, falling to defending European champions Spain, 79-73. Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, three rebounds, and one assist, going 6-for-16 from the field and 3-for-9 from 3-point range.