Tristan Thompson

Lakers center Tarik Black is offensive rebounding with the best of them

Lakers center Tarik Black is offensive rebounding with the best of them

Tarik Black likens offensive rebounding to gambling, and the Lakers coaching staff is allowing him to play his hand. 

Black, in his third NBA season, is the anchor of a Lakers’ second unit that has been shaken by injuries the last two games. He stands 6 feet 9, which is small for a center who makes a living in the paint. He does not have a flashy offensive game, and his shooting touch is a work in progress at the Lakers’ practice facility. 

But Black is a problem on the offensive glass — for opposing teams, that is. He is averaging 3.1 offensive rebounds in 14.4 minutes a game off the bench. He pulled down four offensive rebounds in the...

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