Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lance Blanks

Sent: 1/31/11
Received: 7/11/11
Time: 161 Days
Address: c/o Phoenix Suns
Item Sent: 1990-91 Star Pics, 1992-93 Fleer, 1992-93 Topps, 1992-93 Ultra
Item Received: 1990-91 Star Pics, 1992-93 Fleer, 1992-93 Topps, 1992-93 Ultra.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Blanks was a prolific college scorer for the Texas Longhorns team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the 1990 NCAA Tournament.  Off that success, he was selected at the end of the first round of the '90 NBA Draft by the World Champion Detroit Pistons.  Stuck on the depth chart behind Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, he only saw occasional garbage time during his two years in Detroit.  He played one season (1992-93) for the Timberwolves to cap his NBA career.  He has had substantially more success in his second career as an NBA executive.  After coming up through the San Antonio Spurs machine, he spent a few prosperous years as the assistant GM for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Last season he was named General Manager of the Phoenix Suns.

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