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Mike Trudell: Tarik Black: “I feel like I found a home here.” Said it was tough being waived by Houston, but was excited about how things worked out.
Black — who leads all rookies in field goal percentage (57.1) and ranks third in rebounds (5.6) — recognizes the progress he has made in his first year. “This is probably the most growth I’ve had in a single season since I started playing basketball,” Black said at practice Saturday. “Honestly, coming into this year … it was offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, set a screen, roll to the basket, catch a lob. … You watch last night’s game, the whole repertoire is coming out now.”
Yet, Black pointed to his surprise cut from Houston as “exactly why it doesn’t give me added comfort.” “I would like to believe they would like to keep me. But going into the summer, you never know what will happen,” Black said. “Either way, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity and have been very fortunate with guys having my back 100 percent and carrying me along the way. That’s what I’m going to keep hanging my hat on. I’ll keep living in the moment and allow God to do what he does for me.”
It appears the Lakers seem set on retaining rookie forward/center Tarik Black, who has a non-guaranteed contract worth $850,000 next season. “We get another year to look at him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, “and see what he’s got and go from there.”
Rookie duties for the Lakers big man Tarik Black. The player arrived at the Staples Center wearing a pink backpack and pushing a doll in stroller.
Black, who actually said “opportunity” 11 times in the first three minutes of an interview Saturday, felt an immediate connection with Scott when the Lakers claimed him. “As soon as I walked through the door, coach shook my hand and told me that as long as I work hard, I’ll be all right out here. Usually coaches don’t even really talk to us like that unless you’re their franchise player or their top draft pick,” Black said. “Undrafted guys? They don’t give you the time of day. Coaches here have shown me love from day one.”
The Lakers have until 2 p.m. PST on Wednesday to decide on the contracts of Wayne Ellington, Ronnie Price and Tarik Black. All NBA players on nonguaranteed contracts become locked in if not placed on waivers by the Wednesday deadline. Ellington is under contract for $1.1 million, of which $581,692 is guaranteed. Price’s contract is $1.3 million, with $658,405 guaranteed. Black, who was claimed off waivers from the Houston Rockets in late December, is earning a nonguaranteed rookie minimum of $507,336. He’s also under contract next season, at a nonguaranteed $845,059.
Lakers Nation goes one-on-one with the rookie, moments after he walked into the Lakers practice facility. In our interview, Black talks about the “whirlwind” he’s been through over the past couple months since being both signed and waived by the Houston Rockets since the start of the season and now winding up in Los Angeles.
Mike Trudell: New Laker Tarik Black passed his physical and is with LAL in Denver, but not expected to play. He’ll practice Wed/Thurs and could play Fri.
Los Angeles Lakers: Mitch greets Tarik Black as he arrives at the training facility for the first time. Welcome to L.A. Tarik! http://instagram.com/p/xNE2RjrOzE/
Mark Berman: Lakers claim Former Rocket Tarik Black:”I’m very fortunate & blessed that a team such as the Lakers would consider me as1 of their players.”
Paul Coro: Lakers claimed Tarik Black on waivers but he won’t join them until Monday. They waived Xavier Henry. Worst records get 1st crack on waivers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded center Tarik Black on a waiver claim, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. To make room on the roster for Black, the Lakers have waived Xavier Henry.
Tarik Black: To the fans of the Lakers I am honored and can’t wait to get to work. Hopefully I can help this team and you guys will enjoy the process #TU