Former NBA big man and devout Mormon Shawn Bradley suffered a devastating injury in January while riding a bike in his home neighborhood when he was struck from behind by a car.
Bradley is 48 years old.
Full details of the accident have not yet been made clear, but the Dallas Mavericks, his former team, issued this statement on behalf of the family:
Shawn Bradley released the first public details today of the accident that he suffered on January 20, 2021. Bradley, the 7’6” former NBA player with the Dallas Mavericks, was struck from behind by an automobile while riding his bicycle a mere block from his home in St. George, Utah. The accident caused a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. After undergoing neck fusion surgery, Bradley has spent the last eight weeks hospitalized and undergoing rehabilitation.
Bradley, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent two years performing missionary work in Australia after his freshman year at Brigham Young University. Following his mission, Bradley was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers as the number two pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, but he spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. His very strong sense of faith is being tested as he participates in grueling physical therapy and learns how to cope with the challenges of paraplegia. Doctors have advised him that his road to recovery will be both long and arduous, perhaps an even more difficult physical challenge than playing professional basketball.
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. He plans to use his accident as a platform to bring greater public awareness to the importance of bicycle safety.
Bradley asked to convey his deep appreciation for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers he has received from family, friends and fans. Their support has energized his recovery and bolstered his confidence that he will manage the long process ahead successfully. He does not plan to issue further public updates, preferring to devote his full concentration on his rehabilitation.
Bradley was the 2nd overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, back when massive centers were a hot commodity. Standing an imposing 7’6″ Bradley spent time with both the Mavericks and the Sixers.
He also appeared in Space Jam, a movie starring Michael Jordan.
Please pray for Shawn and his family as they prepare for this challenging journey ahead!