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Podcast: Ivica Zubac has nowhere to go but up after a disappointing second season

The Lakers gave Ivica Zubac quite the vote of confidence this offseason. Will it pay off?

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Few players across the Los Angeles Lakers roster had as disappointing a season as Ivica Zubac did last year. And by few I mean you’d have to think long and hard about anyone you’d put ahead of him in that respect.

Seeing as Zubac is the subject of this latest entry into the Locked on Lakers season preview series, I figured I’d bring on one of the few remaining Zubac stans and my old co-host, Harrison Faigen.

Here’s a brief refresher on the format of the series before we get into the specifics with Hart:

In segment one, we discuss the season(s) the player had to get them to where they are now. That kind of context is critical in properly setting expectations moving forward.

Segment two covers what we’d like to see from the player individually.

Then, in the the third segment, we figure out how those individual expectations fit into the team construct.

When it comes to individual development, it wasn’t exactly difficult to find parts of Zubac’s game that need to take a step (or few) forward. Hell, merely reaching the promise he showed as a rookie would be a nice start.

How Zubac fits into the rotation is quite a bit more complicated than figuring out how he needs to improve. Even with the Lakers being almost laughably thin at center (unless LeBron James is really ready to play consistent minutes there), Zubac might find himself on the outside looking into an interesting rotation.

Harrison also gives his take on the entire center rotation and how wrong everyone might be. So you have that to look forward to as well.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.