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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
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.”
As much as he waxed nostalgia about being part of the Lakers’ young role, however, Black maintained a stronger influence convinced him to etch his future with a purple and gold pen. Black spoke with Lakers coach Luke Walton to “solidify” an issue that would determine his future. “‘I don’t ask to be given anything. I just ask for a fair shot,’” Black recalled of the conversation. “‘If I earn something, give it to me.’” Black cemented “a relationship that had already been good” with Walton, who had been an assistant coach with the University of Memphis when Black played for the Tigers during the 2011 NBA lockout. Since then, Black said “we always kept in touch.”