Rolando Blackman, a native of Panama City, Panama, was the Dallas Mavericks' 1st round pick (9th overall) in the 1981 NBA Draft. A member of the 1980 Olympic basketball team, he attended Kansas State University where he was a two-time All-American, three-time conference "Defensive Player of the Year" and a member of the Associated Press' Big 12 Conference All-Century Team. Blackman made the most famous basket in Kansas State history, a 17-footer from the baseline with two seconds left against No.2-ranked Oregon State in the 1981 NCAA Tournament. During his 11 seasons in Dallas (1981-1992) the 6'6 guard made four All-Star teams and led the Mavericks to six playoff appearances. Blackman retired with 6,487 field goals and 16,643 points with the Mavericks- a record he held for 18 years- and scored a total of 17,623 points. His number 22 was retired by the Mavericks on March 11, 2000. Blackman has worked for the Mavericks since 2000 serving as an assistant coach, TV analyst and currently is the club's Director of Basketball Development. He continues his community service as a spokesperson for several charitable organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and globally as a Goodwill Ambassador for the NBA and United Nations Office of Drugs and Corruption. Blackman was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2008.

Rolando Blackman

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