From getting exactly 33 blocks last season, to wearing number 33 during his Los Angeles D-Fenders stints, and of course his use of the skyhook, Ivica Zubac certainly hasn't been shy about his desire to pay homage to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The young big man may not have to do so from afar anymore, because not only is Abdul-Jabbar reportedly considering rejoining the Lakers in an unspecified role, he also “expressed interest” to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register in “mentoring” Zubac. And yes, he’s seen Zubac using his trademark skyhook.
“He’s equipped to use it well,” Abdul-Jabbar told Medina of Zubac. “He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well.”
Feel free to stop reading for a second and go do a lap around your block celebrating after reading the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and best post player ever compliment Zubac’s post game. This article will still be here when you get back.
You’re back? Okay, let’s move on.
Zubac didn’t get to use the skyhook a ton with the Lakers last season, but the promising young big man did manage to show off a shockingly versatile array of post moves for a 19-year-old in his first NBA season.
If Zubac can actually master the skyhook, not only would it revive the mostly unused art, it would also basically make him unstoppable with deep post position because of how long he already is.
Abdul-Jabbar returning to the Lakers is still no sure thing, but if the Lakers don’t beg him to come back as their special “skyhook consultant” and turn Zubac into the unguardable offensive force he seems destined to be, then what the heck are we all even doing here, anyway?