Dallas Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman offered fans some motivation and uplifting words on May 4. Check out his message here.
The Dallas Mavericks had just wrapped up their first season in the NBA. They finished with a league-worst 15 wins, Not unexpected for an expansion franchise. The Mavs made a trade with the Cavaliers that gave them two top-ten picks in the 1981 draft.
They selected Mark Aguirre first overall out of DePaul. The Mavericks came back to secure Rolando Blackman with the ninth selection. The two quickly formed a dynamic duo for the Mavs that lead them on a solid run. After two years of growing together, they made the playoffs five straight years including going to the Western Conference Finals in 1988.
Aguirre was traded to Pistons midway through the 1988-1989 season for Adrian Dantley and a 1991 first round pick. He went on to win back-to-back titles in Detroit.
Blackman stayed with Mavericks for 11 seasons before finishing his career with the Knicks. He averaged 19.2 points on 49.7 percent shooting from the field over his 865 games in Dallas. Blackman was a four-time All-Star and is one of only three players to have his jersey retired by the Dallas Mavericks.
Fans may or may not remember that Blackman is well-known for his performance in the 1987 All-Star game. He had 29 points including two free throws that sent the game to overtime. That moment and his famous saying live on. See more on it here.
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Offers fans some motivation
The Mavs have been asking current and former players to give fans some motivation to kick off each week. Rolando Blackman took his turn on May 4. Hear his message below.
Blackman’s words were powerful. The world needs positivity and many of us need challenges right now. Hopefully, you got a bit of inspiration for the Mavericks legend.
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