Brian Grant

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Position: Power Forward

Teams:

  • Xavier University
  • Sacramento Kings (1994–1997)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (1997–2000)
  • Miami Heat (2000–2004)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2004–2005)
  • Phoenix Suns (2005–2006)
  • Boston Celtics (2006)

Notables:

  • Second all-time leading scorer at Xavier, third all-time leading rebounder
  • Two-time Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year
  • Associated Press honorable mention All-American his junior year after ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage at 65.4 percent.
  • Drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft (8th Overall)
  • Well liked by fans for his hustle, determination, charisma, and hair
  • Was a key cog in a run of very successful Blazers teams from ’97-’00, including appearances in two consecutive Western Conferences Finals
  • Averaged 15.2 ppg for the Heat in ’00-’01, and averaged a double-double in ’02-’03 (10 & 10) (Grant’s career stats)

Grant’s successful NBA career ended with his retirement in 2006, and it is pretty safe to say that Grant is doing fine (financially). He signed a 5-year, $29 million contract with the Kings when he began his career. and opted out of that deal following the 1997 season to sign a 6-year, $67 million dollar deal with the Trail Blazers. After three years with the Blazers, Grant was traded from the Blazers to the Heat in a 3-team, 5-player deal that also sent Shawn Kemp to the Blazers, and Chris Gatling, Gary Grant, and Clarence Weatherspoon to the Cavaliers. Grant signed a 7-year, $86 million deal with the Heat, despite averaging just 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds the previous season. Heat GM Pat Riley was convinced that Grant was the final piece to their championship puzzle.

In his final season with “Da Jail Blazers”, Grant recorded a song with Damon Stoudamire and Bonzi Wells called “Can I get a headband?” (click the link to listen to it)

As a Blazers fan I remember him being a fan favorite in a time in which many of the troubled Blazers were difficult to root for. I know many Portlanders were sad to see him go.

During the summer of 2004, he was traded (along with Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and a future first-round draft pick) to the Lakers in exchange for Shaquille O’Neal. Grant was released the following off-season and signed with Phoenix.

He was traded in the 2006 NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics with the rights to Rajon Rondo in exchange for a future first-round draft pick.

He is nicknamed “The General” after growing up in the same town (Point Pleasant, Ohio) as Civil War Union general and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahmed Plummer is Grant’s cousin.

Youtubes of Brian Grant dunking:

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2 Responses to “Brian Grant”

  1. Being from Portland, it is true that he was the only Blazer than anyone really liked. It was a sad day to see him go.

  2. Marissa Says:

    The Headband song was played soo much on Z100 when it came out….

    Can I get a headband
    One for my peeps
    One for the fans in the really cheap seats

    I feel lame for knowing the words.

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