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Terrell Brandon
Terrell Brandon
Position: None
Born: 05/20/70
Height: 5-11 / 1.80
Weight:173 lbs. / 78.5 kg.
Your first All-Star Game in 1995-96, the starters for your Eastern Conference team were Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. What was that experience like? Terrell Brandon: You are trying to be cool, but I was in awe every second that I was in the locker room. The times we practiced and also the times I was on the bus with these great players I cherished every second. It was like being a rookie all over again and I was doing rookie chores and it was fun. I was trying to figure out if I really fit in.
You were a teammate of Kevin Garnett in Minnesota early in his career. What was that like? Terrell Brandon: It was a beautiful experience. He had just as much fire in practice as in the game and you could see the maturity in him (grow) every day. We used to sit and talk basketball after practice and he was like a kid soaking it all up. He used to ask me about the past and what it was like in the NBA. He was a beautiful person who you appreciated being around. Sam Mitchell and I tried to mentor him and I am so proud of what he has accomplished and he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer and I am proud to say I was his teammate.
Tell us what you are doing business-wise these days. Terrell Brandon: I have owned a barber shop for 21 years, The Terrell Brandon Barber Shop. I also have a dog grooming business called Show Dogs. I have also promoted old-school shows such as hip-hop and jazz for a number of years. Do you ever cut hair in the barber shop? Terrell Brandon: People ask me all the time if I cut hair but I only did it one time, during the grand opening. Otherwise I do everything else such as sweeping hair off the floor, taking out the garbage and answering phones and I love talking to the young people who come in. It’s funny but owning a barbershop is something I always wanted to do as a kid.
Not shying away from the business ventures and accomplishments he’s thrived in post-basketball, Brandon says there’s more to him that makes him a viable GM candidate. “Yes I am a barbershop owner. Yes I am a dog groomer owner. Yes I am a concert promoter. Yes I am a limo driver. I do all those things myself. That shows leadership qualities and that’s what the Blazers need right now,” Brandon said.
Former NBA player and Portland native, Terrell Brandon expressed interest in July in becoming the Blazers next GM only to receive a rash of criticism and jokes about a barbershop owner becoming a GM of an NBA franchise. Brandon explains why it’s not a stretch. “First of all, I’m not your typical barbershop owner,” Brandon told CSNNW. “There are not many barbershop owners who have done the things I’ve done such as playing in the NBA and having an understanding and relationships with owners and general managers.”
Either way, there was a disconnect between management and owner and Brandon believes that won’t be a problem if Allen brought him on board. “The main thing is regardless of my inexperience, which I know I can learn, is that I know how to manage and get along with people,” Brandon said. “That’s what’s been lacking with the recent GMs. They couldn’t get along with the owner or the president. Getting along with people is not my weakness it’s my strong point.”
Brandon has been running his barbershop “Terrell Brandon’s Barbershop” for over 20 years, he’s in real estate, and he’s the CEO of his company “T.B. Enterprises” which specializes in promoting shows and concerts. “All the management skills I’ve had personally with these enterprises, the corporate offices, and the real estate that I’m involved in, I feel like I’m definitely ready to take on that next level,” said Brandon.
This is the rest of the story. “When I purchased my land, I had many calls and letters from people trying to persuade me not to open a business and that I was making a mistake because of how dangerous the neighborhood was. I countered that by saying, ‘if this is one of the more dangerous and drug infested neighborhoods, if we throw something positive here that maybe we can help get rid of those things’,” he continued. “I knew whatever it was and I had the opportunity, that I wouldn’t leave North or Northeast Portland. I wanted to spearhead that and be a leader that would bring back positive things to the neighborhood you grew up in.” A dream and some drive.
Twenty minutes later, Terrell Brandon walked through the side door and apologized for running late. His smile combined with a welcoming handshake and embrace made it all worth the wait. It’s all good coming from Brandon. After a quick photo shoot in front of the red-brick building that’s boasted his name for the past twenty years, the former NBA point guard can’t help but wonder how time has flown by. “People see me in here. They just don’t see the name on the outside,” said Brandon, who is ‘at home in his barbershop’.
It’s been ten years since Brandon retired from the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he is done with basketball just yet. “The more I think about, the more I want to get back in it. I haven’t been asked yet, but I know the game and unfortunately injuries ended my career,” admitted Brandon, who said he plans to reach out to teams at the end of the season including the Blazers. A future in coaching, community-team outreach, or even TV or radio could be part of the plan. “I’ve been around so many coaches who taught me the game that I think I could help a franchise and help players develop.”
Take a peek into a barbershop in northeast Portland and you’ll see an unlikely site: Two-time NBA All-Star Terrell Brandon sweeping up hair clippings and taking out the trash. Such is life when you own your own shop. “A normal day for me, I’m usually in the barbershop chilling out and taking care of business just like any other barbershop,” said Brandon, who spent 10 years with Cleveland, Milwaukee and Minnesota. “It makes people feel comfortable that they can come in and get a haircut — and some people just want to come in and hang out. “I like that atmosphere.”