“I haven’t spoken with coaches about anything,” he said, “but I’m just doing the same thing. Working hard, staying ready and I hope my time will come.”Staying engaged has been a challenge for Zubac, who is biding his time working on his perimeter game and pick-and-roll defense, while appearing in eight G-League games.“I think I really improved in those games,” Zubac said. “It’s harder when you’re not playing in the NBA but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”BIG PAIROnce the Lakers acquired Lopez in June, he and Randle became the presumptive starting frontcourt. After all, Randle had started 73 of the 74 games he appeared in last year.It took nearly half of the season, but after Walton tried no fewer than four other center-power forward combinations, Lopez and Randle found their way into the starting lineup together. Tuesday against Sacramento marked the third straight game the two were paired together.Walton said it was too early to evaluate the pairing, which he turned to after starting the season with Larry Nance Jr. alongside Lopez, tried Kyle Kuzma in place of Lopez and later Kuzma alongside Bogut.The key to Randle’s success with the starters, Walton said, might have more to do with Lonzo Ball than Lopez.“The way Julius has really developed and blossomed this year gets brought out with playing with Zo,” Walton said, “and the way he can run the floor and play the pick-and-roll game. But as of now we’re happy with (the lineup), we’ll go with it again tonight and we’ll continue to evaluate that as we get more games with that group.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe acknowledged earlier this week that he anticipated having a larger role.“I did,” he said, “but some things change and I can’t control everything. The only thing I can do is work hard and hope that they’re going to call my name.”A second-round pick two summers ago, Zubac averaged 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 38 games as a rookie, including 11 starts.Zubac is still waiting for an opportunity to carve out a role for himself, even after the Lakers waived Bogut earlier this week and Randle was moved into the starting lineup next to Lopez.While the Croatian-speaking Bogut was personally a tremendous asset to Zubac, his departure could eventually clear a path to the court for the second-year center. LOS ANGELES — Ivica Zubac was not alone in believing an even bigger role awaited him in his second season with the Lakers.“Zu was going into the summer as our starting center,” Coach Luke Walton said last month, while the Croatian big man was playing with the South Bay Lakers. “Which is tough, but that’s the NBA.”Instead of a consistent role, Zubac has appeared in just 11 NBA games, with a season high of 12 minutes.Related Articles The Lakers’ offseason acquisitions of veteran centers Brook Lopez and Andrew Bogut pushed Zubac down the depth chart, and the emergence of Julius Randle as a viable backup center nudged him out of the rotation entirely. Heisler: Rebuilding Lakers style – hey, things have been worse Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kyle Kuzma defends Luke Walton, says most Lakers ‘love playing for him’
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.The lawsuit filed in May by a group of Democratic lawmakers and lawyers against Gov. Kim Reynolds was dismissed Thursday by a state court judge who said they don’t have legal standing to challenge the law.The new law passed by Republicans and signed by Reynolds gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission resulting in the governor having a majority of nine appointees. Lawyers continue to elect eight members to the group.The lawsuit alleged that the vote of the lawyer members of the commission has been diluted and that the law is an unconstitutional overreach by the legislative branch of government into the judicial branch.The commission nominates justices for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.Judge Sarah Crane, who was appointed to the court by Reynolds last year, dismissed the case.Reynolds says the decision is good news for the rule of law and Iowans.Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the decision will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.