Depleted by injuries, the
Zubac averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games with the
Zubac, a 19-year-old from Bosnia-Herzegovina, was active for the Lakers against the
Playing for the D-Fenders was familiar to Zubac both for the playing style and the coaching style. Former
Zubac saw similarities between Karl and Walton.
"You have feeling with both of them like they're your teammates," Zubac said. "That's definitely what every player likes to have, a coach that's gonna be like your teammate, who's gonna listen to you and listen to your suggestions."
Guards in flux
Calderon had been starting in place of point guard D'Angelo Russell, who is out because of knee soreness.
Russell will be examined by a doctor Tuesday, about two weeks after he had a platelet-rich plasma injection to help heal his knee.
The Lakers also remained without starting shooting guard Nick Young, who will be out for another one to three weeks because of a right calf strain.
"It's important for the guys to know, though, that it's still just the game of basketball," Walton said. "We have talented players up and down our roster, and we should feel like we can win games no matter who's hurt. It's just going to be other people stepping up."
Jazz Coach Quin Snyder fell ill Monday and was unable to coach in the game. Assistant Igor Kokoskov stepped in for him.
"These kinds of little things can't distract us," Kokoskov said. "Obviously, Coach Snyder is a great coach and a dominant figure in our team. This is his team. Feel bad for Coach that he doesn't feel well. I don't think anybody can replace Coach Snyder. My job is just to support the team and be there for the guys to get ready for this game."
Kokoskov was named the head coach of the Slovenian national team in January, but Monday's game was the first time he served as head coach for an NBA team.