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Ex-NBA Center Shawn Bradley Suffers ‘Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury’ Following January Accident In Utah

Shawn Bradley and his massive size (7-foot-6) were always getting looks from fans during his tenure in the NBA, which spanned from 1993 to 2005.

Now, 16 years after he left the game, Bradley is in a fight off the court that has him, sadly, not moving at all. The former baller has suffered a “traumatic spinal cord injury,” according to his old team the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavs put out a statement about Bradley, who suffered the injury when he was biking near his home in St. George, Utah on January 20th.

“The accident caused a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed,” the Mavericks said in the release.

“After undergoing neck fusion surgery, Bradley has spent the last eight weeks hospitalized and undergoing rehabilitation.”

The 7’6 Bradley was actually drafted No. 3 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, but he played in Dallas from 1997 to 2005 and was a fan favorite.

Bradley led the NBA in blocks in 1997 and during his nine seasons with the Mavs, averaged seven points and five rebounds per game coming off the bench.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban issued a statement saying, “We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident. 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.”

Bradley didn’t just compete in the NBA. He also played for Germany on the international circuit.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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