PORTLAND, Ore. -- The NBA lockout isn't really posing any challenges for Brian Grant's big fundraiser to fight Parkinson's Disease, despite widespread reports and Internet buzz.
Last summer, a few NBA players lent Grant a hand in his "Shake It Till We Make It" gala dinner and golf tournament. This year, that won't be the case.
Grant, who played 12 NBA seasons and is stricken with the disease, serves as a community ambassador for the Trail Blazers. Because of the labor dispute between league owners and players, team employees can't have contact with players.
There will be plenty of other celebrities to help his cause. Grant raised $350,000 last year, with participants including Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali, Pat Riley and Bill Russell.