Rolando Blackman is a Panamanian and American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played in Europe for European leagues like the Greek League and the Italian League.
The Mavericks honored Blackman’s career by retiring the No.22 Jersey.
Player Bio and Personal Life
Blackman was born in Panama City, Panama on February 26, 1959, his family would later move to Brooklyn, New York. His full name is Rolando Antonio Blackman and his listed height is 6 feet 6 inches. He is a right-handed player and he played as a shooting guard.
Blackman currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He has four kids and in his retirement from the NBA, he sits on the board for a charitable foundation, the Assist Youth Foundation.
Rolando attended the William E Grady Career and Technical Education High School in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. He would later go on to attend and play for the Wildcats at Kansas State University.
While at Kansas, Blackman played under Coach Jack Hartman. He achieved several milestones while he was playing with the Wildcats, including when he was named the 1980 Big Eight Conference Player of the Year.
While in college, he was also named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, three times.
By the end of his college career, Blackman had scored a total of 1,844 points. His field goal percentage was 0.517 and his free throw percentage was 0.717.
In 2007, Kansas retired Blackman’s No.25 jersey. He was also inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Drafted into the NBA and Rookie Season
In 1981, Blackman was drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks. He was their 9th overall pick in the first round. His draft made news because he was the first Panamanian-born player to have ever been drafted.
He had a great rookie season where he averaged 13.3 points per game. He was also getting an average of 24 minutes of playing time per game.
Career with the Mavericks
One of his best seasons with the NBA was the 1983-1984 season. He averaged 22.4 points per game and he helped lead the Mavericks to a playoff. This includes when the Mavericks made it to the Western Conference finals during the 1987-1988 season.
During his career with the Mavericks, he would be named All-Star four times.
In 2000, the team retired his jersey number.
Traded to the New York Knicks
During the 1991-1992 season, the Mavericks were entering a rebuilding era. In June 1992, they traded Blackman to the New York Knicks for Loren Meyer.