Guard plagued by knee problems

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former NBA All-Star Terrell Brandon was
surrounded by his family and friends at his retail store in
Portland when he formally, and tearfully, announced his retirement.

"I'm not perfect, but I always tried to handle myself like a
man and not embarrass myself," Brandon said.

He called it quits Tuesday after missing most of the past three
seasons with knee injuries. He had already discussed his retirement
after a trade last summer sent him from the Minnesota Timberwolves
to the Atlanta Hawks, a deal that was purely financial.

He said he needed to wait until the paperwork was complete to
make it official.

Brandon, a 5-foot-11 point guard who grew up in Portland and
played his college ball at Oregon, was waived by the Hawks on Feb.
19, the trading deadline -- the same day the Hawks dealt former
Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace to the Detroit Pistons as part of a
three-team deal.

"I didn't want to be in the way. I didn't want to be a
distraction," he said.

Brandon, flanked by his parents and his agent, Bill Duffy,
appeared at his commercial complex in North Portland, known as The
Brandon Building. It houses his offices, a barbershop and a retail
clothing store.

He burst into tears several times as he thanked those
responsible for his career, including his pastor and his high
school coach at Grant High School, which Brandon led to a state
title his senior year.

At Oregon, Brandon was the Pacific-10 Conference player of the
year in 1991 after averaging a school-record 26.6 points per game.
He was the 11th overall draft pick by Cleveland that year.

Brandon averaged 13.8 points and 6.1 assists per game with
Cleveland, Milwaukee and Minnesota. However, he often was plagued
by injuries. His last NBA game came with the Timberwolves in
February 2001.

Last offseason, Brandon was part of a four-team deal that
brought Latrell Sprewell to the Timberwolves. He was attractive to
Atlanta because his $11 million-plus contract was due to come off
the salary cap in February. Atlanta could then use that space to
have extra maneuverability on the free agent market or in trades.

Brandon, 33, never played a game with the Hawks.

"That was business," he said.