Ivica Zubac walked into a scary moment recently when he left his home around 8 p.m. PST for a night out, and returned around midnight PST to find a ladder laying against the second story balcony of his home.
The Los Angeles Clippers big man, who has been living in Los Angeles since he was drafted to the Lakers early in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft, quickly rushed in to intervene with any potential invaders, but the culprits got away by hopping a fence to successfully escape.
TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that Zubac called police, who cleared the home but weren’t able to locate the suspects after they “ransacked” the house and escaped with items that included a Rolex watch valued over $20,000.
It’s the latest in a long line of burglaries at the homes of well-known individuals in L.A. In 2018, MLB player Yasiel Puig and NFL player Robert Woods were among the growing list of celebrities that had been targeted.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told Richard Winton of the Los Angeles Times last week a new trend emerged where individuals would follow a celebrity to their home before robbing the residence.
Police continue to investigate the matter.
The seven-foot Zubac is averaging 9.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season as the Clippers’ starting center.