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IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT
Elizabeth McGarr
June 21, 2011
AS PLAYER AND EXECUTIVE, ROLANDO BLACKMAN ENDURED SOME OF THE MAVS' WORST TIMES—AND NOW SAVORS THE BEST
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June 21, 2011

It Was Worth The Wait

AS PLAYER AND EXECUTIVE, ROLANDO BLACKMAN ENDURED SOME OF THE MAVS' WORST TIMES—AND NOW SAVORS THE BEST

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RB: I saw him first in 1998 when he was in San Antonio playing with [a junior international] team against an American team. He came in and killed the American team. Thirty-three points, 14 rebounds. He was just ridiculously good. I worked with him when I joined the team in 2000, and I worked with him for three years while I was a coach on the German national team. We were bronze medalists at the world championships in '02.

SI: How have you seen him grow?

RB: In his mental toughness and in his ability to get going on the defensive end, which he works at very hard. Also in his leadership and in his ability to be so consistent and reliable.

SI: What does it mean for you to finally be a part of a championship with Dallas?

RB: It's a great feeling of accomplishment and perseverance. It really is an organizational championship. Everybody handed in his two cents and it made up a great, crisp dollar.

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