Brian Grant is a retired professional athlete who played 12 years in the NBA as a Power Forward and was the heart & soul of five teams – the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns (1994-2006).
Born on March 5, 1972 in Columbus, Ohio, Brian was brought up in a small town in Georgetown, Ohio. He started playing basketball when he was 13 years old and developed a passion for the sport as he played for Georgetown High School and the Xavier University Musketeers. At Xavier UniversityBrian became a two-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Associated Press’ honorable mention All-American team in his junior year.
Brian was drafted in the first round, eighth overall, in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and played on the team as a power forward for three years, before signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. After two years, he signed a deal with the Miami Heat to play in a center position. In the summer of 2004 he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and in the following season to the Phoenix Suns.
During his time as an NBA player, Brian made significant contributions to the communities he played in. While he was with the Portland Trail Blazers,Brian served as the Oregon and Southwest Washington spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House Charities – the same charity he teamed up with in 1999 to host a celebrity golf tournament and fundraiser called, “Brian’s Bash,” to raise money for seriously and terminally ill children. Brian also started his own foundation, the Brian Grant Foundation, in order to assist seriously ill children, their families and under-privileged youth.
A few of the other ways Brian has become involved with over the years include providing Thanksgiving dinners for the underprivileged in Portland and Sacramento, adopting underprivileged families for Christmas, starting a “Scholastic Attendance Program” and organizing a bone marrow drive to try to save the life of a 16-year-old Portland boy. His contributions were recognized by the NBA when he was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1999.
After retiring and moving back his adopted hometown of Portland, OR, Brian was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 2008 at the age of 36. In an effort to provide strength, support and inspiration to others who were affected by the disease, he decided to refocus the mission of the BrianGrant Foundation to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to live unique and fulfilling lives. Today, Brian serves as both an advocate and an inspiration for those living with Parkinson’s.
Brian is the proud father of seven: sons Amani, Elijah, Jaydon, Jonavan, and Brian, and daughters Maliah and Anaya.