A classy response from a classy guy.
Tarik Black’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers came to an end Saturday when the team waived him to avoid paying his $6.7 million salary for the 2017-18 season that was fully non-guaranteed if the Lakers waived him before July 4.
During his tenure in Los Angeles, Black was one of the most thoughtful and well-spoken players to put on a purple and gold uniform, always staying and answering questions following games for as long as reporters had them, often until postgame availability was over and he was the last player left in the locker room.
Right after the Lakers, let him go on Saturday, Black had one last statement to give.
“This picture best describes my time here in LA,” Black said in an Instagram post right after the Lakers announced they had waived him. “It’s been absolutely amazing and invigorating. I would like to thank the Lakers for an amazing ride and being there for me. From the staff, the team, and the fans I am indescribably grateful. You all opened the doors for me to live a dream to play for such an organization. I love you all and the Lakers are forever in my heart.”
The post feels incomplete, however, without Black’s characteristic way of ending interviews by thanking reporters for the opportunity to talk with them, so instead, I’ll offer this to one of the hardest-working and generous players to walk through the Lakers’ locker room.
Thank you for the opportunity, Tarik.