Brian Grant Talks NBA
June 17, 2013, 3:02 pm
Former Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant joined John Canzano on the Bald-Faced Truth Monday afternoon to talk NBA and life after basketball.
Grant was drafted eighth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He spent the 1997 season with Portland before going on to play for Miami, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Grant said that he found his game while playing in Portland.
“When I was in Sacramento I was a rookie just trying to prove myself. When I went to Portland, I was on a team full of veterans and young stars. As the season goes on, you figure out what your role is on the team, what your place is, and what’s really important.”
Grant was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2008. Grant publicized his diagnosis in 2009. Grant established the Brian Grant Foundation
to support and fund research dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and to finding improved therapies for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. Grant says that coping with Parkinson’s is a daily challenge.
“There’s never really a time that I don’t think about it because the tremors are always there. I’m learning more and more to live with it and to put it out of my head during really important times.”
Grant shared his thoughts on the Spurs’ advantage in the NBA Finals:
“I think what we’re seeing is a veteran team stepping up and showing why most teams need to have veteran presence. [Veteran players] know how to win when it counts. The Heat are in for a battle; it’s ‘do or die’ for them now.”Click here to hear the interview.