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Lakers News: Ivica Zubac blew everyone’s minds with his play against the Nuggets

The fan favorite caused social media to explode once again.

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It’s been a whirlwind week for Los Angeles Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac. It all started when the 19-year old second-round pick went from almost entirely out of the Lakers’ rotation into getting some garbage time minutes against the San Antonio Spurs last Thursday.

Zubac impressed in his minutes, parlaying that into token time against the Los Angeles Clippers at the end of a blowout loss, but the day was still historic as he became just the 10th player ever to play for both an NBA team and a D-League team in the same day.

The seven-footer wasn’t done there. Zubac then fought through fatigue to impress his teammates and coaching staff with some good minutes against the Detroit Pistons the following night.

All of those events, however, were just prelude for what Zubac had in store for the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers’ lost to the Nuggets on Tuesday night, but it was through little fault of Zubac. The teenager not only blocked the the NBA’s newest unicorn, Nikola Jokic, straight-up off-the-dribble, but he also finished the Lakers’ loss with the first double-double of his young career and an impressive highlight reel to boot:

In addition to his double-double, Zubac posted a team-best net-rating of 8.2 against the Nuggets, and because it’s Zubac, the fun didn’t stop there. He also gave Lakers fans plenty of postgame quotes to swoon over:

(Yes, Zubac did receive MVP chants from the Staples Center crowd).

You can (and probably should) watch his whole postgame address here:

Zubac’s teammates, coaches, and even the opposing coach were thrilled by his success:

(As an aside, this isn’t the first time Ingram has tried to mess with Zubac during a postgame interview this week):

Even Larry Nance, Jr. (who missed another game due to injury) wanted to make sure fans knew how well Zubac played as their bromance continues:

After another impressive night, it seems like just about everyone is enamored with Zubac. His play against Denver may have earned him a spot in the rotation moving forward, and he doesn’t plan on going away anytime soon.

All stats per Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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