Ivica Zubac had a promising rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers this year; averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1 block in 38 games. The now 20 year-old got off to a slow start, going up and down from the D-League, before ultimately being shut down in early April with an ankle sprain.
However, along the way, he befriended teammate Larry Nance Jr., who is in his second NBA season. Throughout the year, CroatianSports.com learned that Zubac was teaching Nance the Croatian language so he could talk trash to Croatian-speaking players around the league. Nance’s knowledge of Croatian culture and language grew as the season progressed as Zubac kept him updated on current events. Nance broke news in Croatia late last year for his “šupak” comment.
Because Nance learned Croatian this season and showed Zubac the ropes in Los Angeles in his rookie year, CroatianSports gifted him his very own jersey as an honorary Croatian. He was more than delighted. Both players shared their intentions to be at the Croatia v. Mexico match at the Los Angeles Coliseum on May 27th.