Rolando Blackman

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Rolando Blackman
No. 22, 20
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1959-02-26) February 26, 1959 (age 55)
Panama City, Panama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school William E. Grady
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Kansas State (1977–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro playing career 1981–1997
Career history
19811992 Dallas Mavericks
19921994 New York Knicks
1994–1995 AEK Athens (Greece)
1995–1996 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
1996–1997 CSP Limoges (France)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 17,623 (18.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,278 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 2,981 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

Rolando Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959) is a retired professional basketball player. He was an All-Star who spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. He is now an assistant coach with the Turkey national basketball team.[1]

Playing career[edit]

College basketball[edit]

After being raised in Brooklyn, New York, Blackman attended Kansas State University where he played basketball under coach Jack Hartman. At Kansas State, Blackman had a number of noteworthy achievements:

  • In 1980, he was named the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year and All-American.
  • He was a three-time unanimous All-Big Eight selection.
  • He was three times named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.
  • He scored 1,844 career points, the second-highest total in Kansas State history.
  • He had a career .517 Field Goal Percentage and a .717 Free Throw Percentage.

Finally, prior to his senior season, Blackman also was a starter for the 1980 Summer Olympics basketball team that did not participate because of the U.S. Olympic boycott.

Long after his departure from school, in 1996, when the Big Eight Conference expanded to the Big 12, Blackman was named to the AP all-time All-Big Eight basketball team.

Blackman's number 25 jersey was retired by Kansas State in a ceremony at halftime of a game against Iowa State on February 17, 2007.


Rolando Blackman was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round (9th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft. He became the first Panamanian-born to play in the NBA. In eleven seasons with the Mavericks, Blackman was named to the NBA All-Star Team four times and played on six Maverick playoff teams. Blackman scored 16,643 points (which was a franchise record he held for 18 years until being broken by Dirk Nowitzki on March 8, 2008)and 6,487 field goals with the Mavericks. In his 865 games with the Mavericks, Blackman never fouled out of a game.

Blackman spent his final two seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks, reuniting with former Dallas teammate Derek Harper, and the team made the Finals in his final year, losing to the Houston Rockets. When he retired from the league following the 1993–94 NBA season, he had career totals of 17,623 points, 3,278 rebounds and 2,981 assists. Blackman's points total ranks as the 60th-best in NBA history (directly behind Magic Johnson). His number 22 was retired by the Mavericks on March 11, 2000.[2]


Rolando Blackman signed with the Greek League team AEK Athens BC in the middle of the 1994-95 season. The next season he played for Stefanel Milano in the Italian League, and helped them to win both the Italian National Championship and the Italian Cup of the 1995-96 season by averaging 15.3 points per game. His Italian club also reached the final game of the Korać Cup championship that season, which they lost to Efes Pilsen Istanbul.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2000, Blackman was tapped to be the defensive coordinator for the Mavericks under coach Don Nelson. The next year he served as an assistant coach for the German National team and helped lead them to a bronze medal at the 2002 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis. During the 2004-05 NBA season, Blackman was hired as one of the Mavericks' television analysts, along with Matt Pinto and Bob Ortegel. For the 2005-06 NBA season, Blackman returned to the Mavericks' bench, serving his first season as a full-fledged assistant coach. In July 2006 he was promoted to the position of Director of Player Development.

In August 2010, Blackman was hired on as an assistant coach by Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic in advance of the 2010 FIBA World Championship tournament.[3] Blackman stated that he took the job specifically to work again with Tanjevic, who had been his coach in Milan.[4]

During the 2006 NBA Finals, Blackman's former coach with the New York Knicks, Pat Riley, admitted, publicly for the first time, that sitting Rolando Blackman in favor of John Starks during Games 6 and 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals was the biggest coaching mistake in his career and that he has never forgiven himself for it.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He has four children and resides in Dallas, Texas.

Blackman is on the Board of Directors of the Assist Youth Foundation. The foundation's goal is to advance opportunities for underprivileged kids in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and across the globe.

Blackman is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Blackman continues to contribute to his chapter, Beta Psi, as well as the Kansas State University community.


  1. ^ Turkey bring in Balkman as assistant.
  2. ^ History: This Date in History - March
  3. ^ [1] Turkiye’ye hosgeldiniz, Rolando Blackman!
  4. ^ [2] FIBA: Turkey bring in Blackman as assistant
  5. ^ [3]

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