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March 6, 2013

‘I was never alone’

GREENVILLE — A former Dallas Mavericks star credited the involvement of the people living in the New York neighborhood in which he was raised for helping him become a success on the basketball court and in life.

“I always had the community,” said Rolando Blackman, as he spoke Tuesday before the annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon for the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “I was never alone.”

Blackman said the support and encouragement he found as a child in East Flatbush, Brooklyn is the same kind of “spirit of community” which is given to members of the Boy Scouts.

“It continues to be very special in the lives of young people,” Blackman said.

Blackman was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft. In 11 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, 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.

Tuesday’s event was conducted inside the Roy Q. Traylor Indoor Athletic Complex at Greenville High School. In his remarks, Blackman said the Scouts helped train young men in attributes such as leadership, perseverance and self-reliance.

“The attitude it takes to get into a successful pattern of life,” Blackman said. “The proper mental scope is what’s important as you go through the daily walk of life.”

The Circle Ten Council serves 12 counties in North Texas, including Hunt, Collin, Kaufman, Rains and Rockwall counties.

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