Tarik Black was thoroughly enjoying his rookie season.
He was hanging around with
But then Houston waived him to make room for the unexpected signing of
"A hundred percent," Black said Thursday. "I feel I like I've found a home here."
After averaging 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, he's one of the few Lakers players expected to return next year. Earlier this week, he had 19 rebounds against Dallas, the most by a Lakers rookie since Leroy Ellis in 1963.
His end-of-season meeting Thursday with Lakers General Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott went well, Black said.
"They definitely praised me for the potential that I have. That's a big thing with them," Black said.
He'll probably play on the Lakers' summer-league team in July, but also plans to go back to the University Kansas soon to continue work on his master's degree in African American studies.
He concluded an interview with reporters Thursday the way he always has.