Brian Grant, who was waived by the Celtics yesterday, announced today that he plans to retire.
"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."
Grant spent 12 seasons in the league, playing with the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. He was traded to the Celtics in the deal that brought us Rondo on draft night.
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.