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Brian Grant thinks people remember him as an ex-NBA player because he looks like Bob Marley

Even the man himself is certain that some fans remember him not because of his efficiency on the court
Bob Marley & Brian Grant

Bob Marley & Brian Grant

The NBA is the perfect platform for players to become famous basketball superstars. However, only some that made it to the league become one, as many begin and end their career without reaching those heights. Admittedly, 12-year NBA veteran Brian Grant knows he's one of those, but he has no problem with that.

Not famous, but recognized

Throughout his entire NBA career, Grant was known for being a bruiser who could grab a dozen rebounds per game and would also score if he had to. However, even he admits that some fans remember him, but it's not because of his efficiency or dominance on the basketball court. Instead, he left a recall to them because of his notable dreadlocks and resemblance to the late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley.

"Even though I wasn't playing anymore, I was recognized wherever I went—I guess that's to be expected when you're a 6'9″ Black man who is the spitting image of Rasta legend Bob Marley," Grant wrote in his book, "Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Battling Parkinson's, and Finding What Really Matters" via Hoopshype.

"For a Black kid from a little farming town on the banks of the Ohio River who expected to be in a field picking tobacco and potatoes his whole life, that's a pretty amazing step-up," he added.

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Grateful for Miami and Portland

Grant played for five teams during his NBA career; however, he considers his time with the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers the best.

For Grant, Miami and Portland were two of "the most loyal franchises" in the league. He also felt at home in both cities, so that's where he decided to spend some of the best investments of his life.

"I had all the perks that come with it, both materially and personally. Big houses in Portland and Miami and a getaway cabin in the woods of Oregon. A fishing boat. A bank account fat enough that, if I was smart, I'd never have to work again…I had worked my ass off for two of the most loyal franchises in the league—the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat—that assured I'd be welcome even though I no longer grabbed rebounds for them," Grant revealed.

Looking back at it now, Grant reckoned it was a wonderful time, and he's happy, even though he never became a world-famous NBA star.

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