Rolando Blackman

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.98 m / 86 kg
Born Feb 26, 1959
Nationality United States United States
Team History
CSP Limoges 1996 - 1997
Olimpia Milano 1995 - 1996
East Carolina Pirates East Carolina Pirates 1994 - 1995

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.

Teams he played for in the NBA include the Dallas Mavericks, with whom he was with for more than a decade. He also played for the New York Knicks.

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.

Pre-NBA

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.

While with the Knicks, he helped them reach the NBA Finals. His joining the Knicks also reunited him with Derek Harpe, who was also a former Mavericks player.

The Knicks waived Blackman in 1994. He would later announce his retirement from the NBA.

European Leagues

Following the NBA, Blackman signed with AEK Athens BC of the Greek League. He would later move to pay for the Italian League and Olimpia Milano. He helped the team win the Italian League as well as the Italian Basketball Cup.

Later in 1996, he would move to play for Limoges CSP. He stayed with them from 1996 to 1997 before eventually retiring from professional basketball.

Career Statistics

Points: 17,623 / 18 PPG
Rebounds: 3,278 / 3.3 RPG
Assists: 2,981 / 3 APG

Career Highlights

  • 1979-1981 - First-team All-Big Eight
  • 1980 - Third-team All-American – AP
  • 1980 - Big Eight Player of the Year
  • 1981 - Third-team All-American –NABC
  • 1985–1987, 1990 - NBA All-Star
  • 1996 - Italian League champion
  • 1996 - Italian Cup champion
  • 2015 - Inducted into the NationalCollegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Additional Honors

  • 2000 - No. 22 retired by DallasMavericks
  • 2007 - No. 25 Jersey retired byKansas State Wildcats
  • 2015 – National College BasketballHall of Fame

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