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Black was never expected to post eye-popping numbers. He is in his second NBA season after going undrafted. But Scott reported he told Black he wants him to model his game after an NBA All-Rookie first team member (Denver forward Kenneth Faried), a Hall of Famer (Dennis Rodman) and a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (Ben Wallace). “He hasn’t done that yet,” Scott said. “They played balls out, full of energy and aggressive. They didn’t care about the offensive end …That’s what he has to do to be an integral part of any team.
Black refused to bemoan his lack of playing time or attribute that element hurting his development. He admitted a height disadvantage playing at center, but believed he can make up for that with his athleticism. “I’ve shown that I’ve stayed prepared throughout this time,” Black said. “I’ve stayed productive anytime that I’ve gotten.” It does not appear Scott feels the same way. “I’m sure he was listening,” Scott said about his offseason message. “But did he hear it? That’s the question.”
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers officially guarantee contracts of Tarik Black, Metta World Peace and Marcelo Huertas for rest of the season. Deadline was at 2 today. Lakers still at max 15-player roster limit with World Peace ($947,000), Black ($845K) and Huertas ($525K) officially guaranteed contracts.