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Lakers acquire Tarik Black on waivers from Houston Rockets
Lakers acquire Tarik Black on waivers from Houston Rockets

The Lakers' poor record actually helped them Sunday. They acquired Tarik Black on waivers, beating at least one other team that put in a claim for the energetic rookie center after he was cut last week by Houston to make room for Josh Smith. Black started 12 games for the Rockets while Dwight Howard was sidelined by injuries. He averaged 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds after going undrafted out of Kansas. The Rockets seemed reluctant to cut Black, but it became a numbers game when Smith signed with them after being unexpectedly waived by Detroit. “Tarik did a great job,” Rockets Coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle. “I told him he'll be picked up in...

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