July 11, 2010
Blalock's recovery from a life-threatening stroke continues, as he gets back to nearer his NBA-calibre best. He started last year with the Maine Red Claws, and was traded after 25 games to the Reno Bighorns, for whom he averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 assists per game. Blalock has battled weight problems since his stroke, but he lost weight during the D-League season and improved as the campaign went along. Blalock turns 27 in February and will probably never get back to the NBA, but his good D-League season, aided by a decent summer league performance, should see some good European gigs in the near future.
April 29, 2010
Incidentally, Blalock was acquired by Reno for Russell Robinson in a midseason trade from Maine. As mentioned in an earlier post, Blalock is recovering from a stroke and has battled subsequent weight problems. His recovery has been lengthy, and his numbers have been slow to recover. But once he got to Reno, Blalock's numbers improved, and he ended up averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Bighorns. It's taken a while, as is an unfortunate necessity, but he's getting back there. And that's good to see.
January 7, 2010
- Will Blalock
Blalock is in the D-League, a teammate of Bobbitt's at the Maine Red Claws. He got back into the NBA this October as a training camp invite of the Nets, but he never stood a chance of making the team due to the Nets contract situation, a contract situation which is also currently preventing from trading Eduardo Najera's 2010 unfriendly contract to the Mavericks. For the Red Calws, Blalock is averaging 6.3 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 turnovers in 24 minutes per game, while struggling a bit with his weight.
But there is a reason for all of that.
In last year's Where Are They Now series, I wrote the following:
Will Blalock averages a piddly 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck.
......while Will Blalock is very much a point guard, I don't think the answer to the Pacers' point guard problem lies in a man who averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in the German league last season.
He spent the 2007/08 season mainly in the D-League (with a brief Israeli flirtation in there somewhere), and then he spent last year in Germany, where he averaged 4/2 for Quakenbrueck. That means he's gone from 4/2 in the German league to a spot on an NBA roster. Strange times.