At the end of the last season he struck form with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But that leaves Tarik Black dissatisfied as he heads for the new season. He wants to lift his game; he aspires for more recognition. The Lakers have made several changes in their roster to bolster their front-court. With inclusion of heavy-weight stars like Roy Hibbert and Brandon Bass and come-back of Julius Randle, playing time needs to be earned here.
Now, guys like Tarik Black needs to earn a role as back-up. But Black is keen to prove his worth in a much bigger role this season, according to Lakers Nation.
“I want to be on both ends of the floor, 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,” said Black.
Bass and Hibbert are likely starters for the Lakers in the front-court, and Randle is fit enough to get more minutes coming in as back-up. Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre and Black will get in to stiff competition for playing minutes as a back-up center.
Black featured for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers last season, becoming more and more effective during his short stint as Los Angeles. Black averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game in total 38 games he played for the Lakers.
Black isn’t concerned with high-voltage attention paid to the inclusion of D’Angelo Russell in the Lakers’ roster. The 23-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s good news for Lakers fans that Black is eyeing to add dimensions to his game during the off-season.