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Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com recently caught up with the second-year big man to discuss a variety of topics including how his continued training and development is going, nickname origins, his tattoos, and what particular aspects of his game he wants to improve upon. “Being more effective on offense,” Black told Ramirez. “Being more versatile at my size, at 6’9″, I’m right there and I play against guys that are 7’ or 6’11 with great wingspans, so being more versatile on offense, presenting more on the floor is definitely something I want to venture into and also just becoming the best basketball player I can be all around.”
After going undrafted and then being cut by the Houston Rockets in order to make room for Josh Smith, Black experienced some success in the role as an energy guy and disruptor for last year’s Lakers squad (7.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG as a reserve for the Lakers in 2014-15), but it is clear he is not satisfied with merely contributing here and there. “I want to be on both ends of the floor,” Black continued. “I hang my hat on rebounding and defense, so I just want to get better and better and become more of a ‘lockdown’ defender and also become more of a threat on the offensive end to make people honest.”
The Lakers on Thursday announced their Las Vegas summer league roster. Current players and draft picks on the squad include guards D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, guard/forward Anthony Brown, forwards Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. and center Tarik Black.