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Rolando Blackman: The Scoring Machine


Rolando Antonio Blackman was born on February 26, 1959, in Panama City, Panama. He is a former American basketball player. Most of his NBA career he spent with the Dallas Mavericks. Blackman played as a shooting guard and was a four-time All-Star.

Blackman, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, successfully played basketball at Kansas State University. He is with 1844 points scored the second best scorer of all time. He was in 1980 squad of the US national team, which did not attend the Olympic Games in Moscow because of the American Olympic boycott. Blackman's college jersey number 25 was withdrawn in his honor.

Blackman was selected as 9th pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1981 NBA Draft. He played until 1992 for the Mavericks and reached during this time six times the playoffs, as well as four nominations for the NBA All-Star Game. Blackman held with 16.643 points, until March 8, 2008, the franchise record for the most points scored, which, however, was exceeded by Dirk Nowitzki. His last two NBA seasons Blackman spent at the New York Knicks, with whom he reached the 1994 NBA Finals. His NBA career statistics total are 17,623 points, 3,278 rebounds, and 2,981 assists. His jersey number 22 was withdrawn by the Dallas Mavericks.

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For mid-season 1994/1995 Blackman joined the Greek basketball team AEK Athens. His last playing season was in the jersey of Olimpia Milano, where he contributed more than 15 points per game to win the Italian Cup and Championship.

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