Tarik Black of the Lakers Appears to Be Shrinking

Tarik Black of the Lakers Appears to Be Shrinking

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Tarik Black of the Lakers Appears to Be Shrinking

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Tarik Black, the Los Angeles Lakers’ “big man,” is shrinking. After averaging 6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks as an undrafted rookie with the Lakers and Rockets, Black has been demoted to a lesser height. While he played his rookie year at 6-foot-11, Black will enter his second year in the league a full two-inches shorter. This Rant Sports article from late December sums his problems:

While scouting reports on his height vary from 6-foot-7, according to the Los Angeles Clippers measurements, to 6-foot-9 at the University of Memphis, to 6-foot-11 according to ESPN

Black’s Basketball-Reference page still has him at 6-foot-11. ESPN and NBA.com have both updated their info. Kansas’ website has him listed at 6’9″, so what is the point of making him taller? If he spent half a season in Houston and they have him at 6’7″, he’s probably 6’7″. In this age of advanced stats and unlimited information, what’s the point? If Magic Johnson could be a 6’9″ point guard and Charles Barkley could be a 6’4″ power forward in the 80’s, why are players and teams still lying about heights in 2015 like teenagers getting their first driver’s license?

Tarik Black of the Los Angeles Lakers hangs onto the rim after scoring as players from the Dallas Mavericks watch their NBA match at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on March 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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