Lakers Rumors: Tarik Black Suffering From Minor Ankle Injury
Lakers Rumors: Tarik Black Suffering From Minor Ankle Injury
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Byron Scott recently switched up the Los Angeles Lakers rotation, but one name that was noticeably absent from the new group was Tarik Black.

Black played well for the Lakers last season, but has barely seen the floor this season. Robert Sacre has been the backup center since the lineup change leading many to wonder why Black can’t get on the court.

Fans may have their answer as Black is reportedly suffering from a minor ankle injury according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles:

If this is the case, it would make a lot of sense. Black is only in his second year and would seem to have potential as a high energy backup big man, a position the Lakers have struggled with this year. The team tried Brandon Bass there, but he was simply too small, and while Sacre has played admirably, he is who he is at this point.

Black is relatively undersized as a center as well, but his long arms, athleticism, and constant energy make up for his lack of height. He averaged just under 11 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers in the month of April last season, showing that he can be a contributor.

If Black has been suffering from the injury, it would seem as if he is already recovering as he was recently sent down on assignment to the D-League along with Ryan Kelly and Anthony Brown. Black scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but also fouled out of the game.

if he was injured then why didnt it say so on the website?
i smell a lie here. why is coach scott not using these guys?
List so far: tariq black,anthony brown,MWP, and he benched russell and randle.
huertas sacre kelly have taken mins from these other guys.
honestly if i was the coach kelly huertas and sacre wouldnt play 1 minute of game.
however MWP nance and lou williams would come off the bench.
id run the starters of all rookies. dangelo jordan brown nance black.
off the bench id have lou will kobe nick young bass hibbert
Reserves: MWP <— plays. ( huertas kelly sacre ) <— dont play.

  • BS for sure. Tarik played 2 days ago, logged in 32 minutes with the defenders. Couldn’t do that with a sprain ankle and Sacre was in the rotation for a while now.
    That d-league game was pretty telling on what kind of talent they have. Tarik, Kelly, Brown all played heavy minutes and they still lost by 11 to Austin. Maybe we should look at Austin’s roster to see who can help us.

  • A lot of it had to do with foul trouble. Black and Kelly were clearly the best players on the floor from an individual standpoint, although both need to learn to defend without fouling.

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