Los Angeles Clipper Ivica Zubac says there is a distinct difference between Lakers and Clippers

March 8, 2019 8:48 AM
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Los Angeles Clipper Ivica Zubac says there is a distinct difference between Lakers and Clippers.

Current LA Clipper and former LA Laker Ivica Zubac has to play his former team tonight after being traded less than a month ago. Zubac and Mike Beasley were traded to the Clippers for Mike Muscala in February.

When reflecting on the trade and playing his former team, he said “when I was with the Lakers, we didn’t have nights like this.”

This came after the Los Angeles Clippers dominated the New York Knicks 128-107, handing the Knicks their 50th loss of the season and a 21-point beat down. The former Laker added when he was Laker, “every game was a close game for us.”

You could tell that Zubac did not want to be traded, but that is the nature of this business. The native Croatian said he has “watched almost every [Laker] game.” The former Laker added if he was still a Laker, he would “definitely make a difference on the floor.”

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 30-33 and are sitting 4.5 games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Many of the Lakers wins have come within a few possessions and they are three games below .500. The Clippers are 36-29 and are currently sitting in the seventh spot. Zubac saying “we didn’t have nights like this” is his nice way of saying the Lakers are not good. In fact, the Lakers have not been good for awhile.

Historically, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the best team in LA and the NBA, but recently that has not been true. The last time the Lakers were in the NBA playoffs was the 2012-2013 season at the seventh spot. The Clippers made the playoffs in the 2016-2017 season and held a high three seed.

While the Lakers have attempted to make multiple moves at gaining some new talent during the season, none of the attempts at major players were successful.

The drought was supposed to change this season with Earvin “Magic” Johnson as president of basketball operations and blockbuster acquisition of LeBron James in the offseason, but this season has shown not much has changed.

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  • FractionCalc

    Lakers elimination from playoff is largely because of their management which leads to the dysfunction of the team. The mishandling of the trade for Anthony Davis for the half of the Lakers team take away the courage of the team members to play for their best and instead just play safe to avoid injuries knowing that there is a high possibility that they will be traded to another team after this season. The dream to play for championships has gone out of the window. What is left is Lebron James wasted season and we are facing the possibility that Lebron contention to the championships is now fading to oblivion. He will be 35 years old next season how many years do you expect him to play at a very high level?