April 28, 2021

Brian Grant | Rebounding through adversity

Brian Grant | Rebounding through adversity

Brian Grant is used to being in control. As a power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers and four other National Basketball Association (NBA) teams—the Sacramento Kings, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns—from 1994 to 2006, he made life tough for opponents close to the basket, leaping for rebounds, denying positions, closing up passing lanes, blocking shots. His on-court confrontations with Hall of Fame power forward Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz were described as "one of the most physical and contentious one-on-one rivalries in the NBA," according to Trail Blazer video archives. Brian now has Parkinson's disease but he is not letting it slow him down. He has a foundation that helps people with the disease live an inspired life through exercise and better nutrition.

What we discussed:

  • Early beginnings
  • The trap of judging a book by its cover
  • The importance of second chances
  • Taking responsibility for your actions
  • BG's Best teammates and why

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