The Dallas Mavericks announced on Wednesday that former star big man Shawn Bradley has been left paralyzed after suffering a traumatic spinal cord injury in a bicycle accident on January 20, 2021.
The injury forced Bradley to undergo a neck fusion and the past eight weeks recovering in the hospital.
“With his wife Carrie at his side around the clock, and supported by an amazing team of rehabilitation specialists and family, Bradley is in good spirits,” a statement read. “He plans to use his accident as a platform to bring greater public awareness to the importance of bicycle safety.”
The 7-foot-6 center’s bicycle was struck by a car just one block from his home in St. George, Utah, according to a press release from the team.
“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. “Shawn has always been incredibly determined and shown a fighting spirit. We wish him nothing but the best in his recovery. He will always be a part of our Mavs family.”
The Dallas Mavericks have issued a press release on behalf of former Maverick Shawn Bradley as well as statements from Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson. pic.twitter.com/F9fCtlZ1zJ
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Mavs general manager added: “We are deeply saddened to hear of Shawn’s injury and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
“In his eight-plus seasons in Dallas, Shawn demonstrated all of the qualities you want in a person representing your organization. He has always exhibited unwavering grit and determination and we are thinking of him at this difficult time. He is a Maverick for life.”
Bradley, 48, averaged 8.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game during his 12-year career. Bradley entered the league as the No. 2 overall pick of the 1993 by the Philadelphia 76ers before moving to Dallas to spend the last 8.5 years of his career.