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Ivica Zubac, Lakers’ second-round pick, owns three Lakers jerseys

June 23, 2016

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Ivica Zubac, the Lakers’ second-round pick in the NBA draft, has never spent time in Los Angeles, but the Croatian native owns jerseys of three former Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Just don’t ask him where the Bynum jersey is.

“It is somewhere in my room, under all my clothes,” Zubac said during a teleconference Thursday, chuckling. “Don’t say that!”

Zubac, a 7-foot, 240-pound center chosen No. 32 overall, said Bryant was his favorite player.

He watched Bryant’s final game on television in Croatia. It aired at 4 a.m local time.

“My older friends and guys who I looked up to were all loving Kobe, so I started watching him, and I really loved his killer instinct and his will to win the games,” Zubac said.

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