2011 NBA Lockout

Tarik Black's defense wins him a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup

Tarik Black's defense wins him a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup

On a Lakers roster crowded with young, high draft picks in need of development, it was easy to lose Tarik Black.

He was the one more worried about defense than anything else. The one who endured losing his spot in the lineup after spraining his ankle. The one who once believed the hype, and by doing so learned not to do that.

Now, Black is the one starting at center for the Lakers. While others overlooked Black amid the bigger names,   Coach Luke Walton didn’t.

“This opportunity means a lot to me,” Black said. “It’s a testament to Coach Luke and his trust in me and his belief in me. It means a lot, especially for my confidence. … I’ve been here two and a half...

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