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Monday, August 9, 2010
Rolando Blackman takes Turkey post for Worlds

By Jeff Caplan

While a broken foot will keep Roddy Beaubois from competing for France in the FIBA World Championships later this month, the Dallas Mavericks will still be represented.

Host country Turkey has brought in former NBA All-Star Rolando Blackman as an assistant coach.

Blackman, a four-time All-Star during his career with the Mavs, played for Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic towards the end of his career, winning an Italian title in 1996. The Mavs' director of basketball development has international coaching experience after serving as an assistant coach for Germany at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

"Rolando has come here to help us for the FIBA World Championship," Tanjevic said on the FIBA World Championship web site. "I've invited him. He was a great player, he has a great personality and will help our players. His ideas in the field, what to do in defense and attack, are very impressive. Blackman can be very important for us."

Blackman said he is excited to be on board.

"Turkey is really a basketball country," he said. "They have a huge opportunity to win here. It is important for the team to try to enable the players to achieve that goal."

Blackman said his relationship with Tanjevic was key to him accepting the role.

"Together we won the Italian-league title. My reason for being here is Tanjevic," he said. "I am very happy to work with him. He is a great coach. Knowledge of the game of basketball is everything, and Tanjevic knows the most."