Tarik Black had an interesting year with the Los Angeles Lakers. Black received some pretty substantial playing time with the Lakers in his rookie season. However, with the return of Julius Randle, Black saw his time get slashed significantly.
Black played in 39 games this season, a lot less than he played combined with the Lakers and Houston Rockets last season. He averaged 3.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.
“Go ask Tarik what I told him this summer,” Scott said before a game against the Rockets back in January. “Just ask him what I told him he needs to do to stay in this league for 10-15 years. When he gives you the answer, come back and tell me and I’ll tell you if that’s exactly what I told him.”
Black was told to “be a beast” and apparently he wasn’t doing that. Scott also told him to model his game off Dennis Rodman, Kenneth Faried and Ben Wallace. Obviously, Black didn’t perform as well as those guys.
He was also inactive for a slew of games in December because of ankle and foot injuries. That could’ve hampered his development throughout the season.
It would be nice to see Black stick with the Lakers next season and to give him one more season to try to develop into what Scott saw in him. But for now, no one is truly safe on this Lakers team.