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Former NBA center Shawn Bradley was paralyzed after being struck by a driver while cycling near his Utah home in January, the Dallas Mavericks said Wednesday.
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The collision happened Jan. 20 in St. George, Utah, and Bradley suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. The 48-year-old has since undergone neck fusion surgery and has been in rehabilitation at a local hospital for eight weeks.
Bradley, one of the tallest players in NBA history at 7-foot-6, has not spoken publicly about the incident but according to the Mavericks he hopes to become an advocate for bicycle safety.
“With his wife Carrie by his side 24/7 and with the support of an incredible team of rehabilitation specialists and family members, Bradley is in a good mood,” a statement from Mavericks said. . “He plans to use his accident as a platform to educate the public about the importance of safe cycling.”
“We are sad to hear of Shawn’s accident,” Maverick owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. “Shawn was still incredibly determined and had a fighting spirit. We wish him the best in his recovery. He will always be part of our Mavs family. ‘
Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, whose father trained Don Bradley, also expressed his condolences.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Shawn’s injury, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. In his eight plus seasons in Dallas, Shawn has demonstrated all the qualities you would expect from someone representing your organization. He has always shown unwavering determination and we think of him during this difficult time. He’s a lifelong stranger. ‘
Bradley, a devout member of The Church of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ, retired from the NBA after the 2005 season.
“His very strong sense of faith is put to the test as he participates in intense physical therapy and learns to cope with the challenges of paraplegia,” the Mavericks statement said. “Doctors have told him that his road to recovery will be both long and arduous, perhaps an even more difficult physical challenge than playing professional basketball.”
Prior to joining the league, the former BYU star completed a two-year assignment in Australia.
Although he took the sabbatical outside of basketball, Bradley was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 second election, naming their new 7-foot-6 center No.76.
In his third season, Bradley was sold to the networks in exchange for Derrick Coleman and then ended up in Dallas as part of the deal that sent Sam Cassell and Jim Jackson to New Jersey.
With the Mavericks, Bradley entered the NBA, averaging 2.1 blocks per game over nine seasons.