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Renaldo Balkman
Renaldo Balkman
Position: None
Born: 07/14/84
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
“It was a long journey to now,” Balkman said. “It’s a blessing I’m here. That [the choking incident] is in the past. I’m looking forward. It’s a step for me to be here now. Whatever happened, happened. I’m moving on.” And moments like that can impact a player for a long time, Balkman knows. “It was an incident,” he said. “Everybody knew about it. But it didn’t stop me from what I knew what I was trying to do. I could have easily said it was going to hurt my whole career. But I turned a lot of things into positives. If I had to go to six or seven places to play basketball and show everybody I’m still in it, that’s what I would have done. “I went to three places to play as much basketball as I could.”
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Asked for his first thoughts on the dreadlocked, multi-tattooed former first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks, coach Rick Carlisle said: “My first thoughts? I like his hairdo. And I like his tattoos a lot. There’s a lot of storytelling going on there. “You know he’s got a high pain tolerance if he’s got tattoos on his eyelids. All that stuff impresses me before we even start talking about his game. That’s why I liked [DeShawn] Stevenson.”
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Balkman made headlines last season when he was playing in the Phillipines and lost his cool after getting a tough no-call from the referees on a play in the paint. He ended up choking a teammate who started out trying to restrain Balkman. The Youtube video is the first thing that pops up regarding Balkman. It wasn’t his finest moment. But he’s trying to resurrect his career and the Mavericks aren’t even his first stop in that process. He made stops in Venezuela and Puerto Rico after getting banned from the league in the Phillipines for his outburst. “It was a long journey to now,” Balkman said. “It’s a blessing I’m here. That (the choking incident) is in the past. I’m looking forward. It’s a step for me to be here now. Whatever happened, happened. I’m moving on.”
And moments like that can impact a player for a long time, Balkman knows. “It was an incident,” he said. “Everybody knew about it. But it didn’t stop me from what I knew what I was trying to do. I could have easily said it was going to hurt my whole career. But I turned a lot of things into positives. If I had to go to six or seven places to play basketball and show everybody I’m still in it, that’s what I would have done. “I went to three places to play as much basketball as I could.”
Well-traveled forward Renaldo Balkman, who played in multiple countries last year, signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The team announced the deal Monday but did not reveal details of the agreement. The 29-year-old veteran began last season playing in the Philippines but was banned from the league due to an on-court outburst that began as a dispute with the refs but included Balkman pushing refs, coaches and teammates.