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Brian Grant says 'it was time' to announce retirement

10/28/2006 - NBA Brian Grant

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brian Grant retired from the NBA on Friday
because of chronic knee problems.

Grant spent 12 seasons with the Sacramento Kings,
Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.

"I just decided it was time to hang it up. I really wasn't able
to perform over the past few years like I was the first 10 years,"
he said. "It was time."

He plans to eventually settle in Portland, where he has a home.

"For 12 years -- really 16 years -- you've been on a schedule
where you know what's going to happen every day for the next seven
months," said the 34-year-old Grant. "Now I wonder what I'm going
to do the next day. So that's an adjustment."

Grant played last season for the Suns before being traded to the
Celtics on draft day. He did not participate in training camp or
the preseason and was waived by the team on Thursday.

Grant, who played at Xavier, was the eighth overall selection in
the 1994 draft by the Kings. As a rookie, he averaged 13.2 points
and 7.5 rebounds.

Over his career, Grant averaged 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. He
averaged 10.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in the 2002-03 season.

Grant was widely recognized for his charitable efforts and in
1999 was awarded the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an
honor given annually to a player or coach for outstanding community
service.

Grant partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, assisting
seriously and terminally ill children and their families. In Los
Angeles, he funded a multipurpose sports field for the South
Central Los Angeles nonprofit "A Place Called Home."

In Phoenix, he worked closely with the nonprofit Vested Interest
to mentor young, underprivileged men.

Grant has no immediate plans for the future, outside of spending
time with his family and adjusting to life after basketball. But he
would not rule out returning to the game in a new capacity in the
future.

"You've got to find yourself again," he said of retirement.
"You're no longer Brian Grant the basketball player. You've got to
find a new identity."