Rolando Blackman Pan-American Foundation
Our Mission is to provide communities with better Education, Sports Academics and Health services.
After a very successful career in Basketball, Rolando Blackman thrives to give back to the community the possibility of a better future through his foundation
As a College Student
A native of Panama City, Panama, 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 “Big12 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.
With the Mavs
He was the Dallas Mavericks 1st round pick (9th overall) in 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.
With the Knicks in New York
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. His number 22 was retired by the Mavericks on March 11, 2000.
Although his NBA career was over, Blackman signed with Greek team AEK Athens BC in the middle of the 1994-'95 season. The next year he played for Olympia Milano in Italy, and helped them to win both the National Championship and the Cup of 1995-96 by averaging 15.3 points per game. In the championship game, Blackman shot 8 of 12 and was named the finals Most Valuable Player.
Back in Dallas
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 2004-2005 NBA season, Blackman was hired as one of the Mavericks' television analysts, along with Matt Pinto and Bob Ortegel. For the 2005-2006 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, and still serve as such to this day as well as scouting for the Mavs.