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Tarik Black
Tarik Black
Position: F
Born: 11/22/91
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Salary: $6,191,000
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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”
Storyline: Tarik Black Free Agency
The most poignant thing Black had to say was regarding outlets such as ESPN piling it on the Lakers about how horrible they’ll be. Black had his own thoughts, saying, “Everyone thinking that we aren’t going to be that good or thinking we are going to be last in the West—it’s preseason. I love the fact they are against us.” “I don’t care what anybody’s speculation is—I know how great I can be, I define it for myself,” Black said. “I don’t think anybody sets the bar as high as myself.” That certainly seems like the proper mentality that you need in the heat of a young team looking to make something of themselves.
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Although Black’s top priority was to remain with the Lakers, he discussed his concerns with new head coach Luke Walton before ultimately re-signing. While Walton is entering his first season as the Lakers head coach, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA lockout where they developed a “pretty good” relationship. “I don’t want the ceiling to be set lower than my potential,” Black recalled of his conversation with Walton. “If I can grow to be this, give me the room to grow into that.”
While Black was promised a “fair shot” from Walton, he understands the need to earn his minutes and is excited about what lies ahead. When discussing what he has been working on this summer in preparation for the 2016-17 NBA season, Black expressed confidence in his development. “You just have to wait and see,” Black said. “I have a super high ceiling and I’m going to reach it. As far as my game, there’s a lot you haven’t seen yet.”