NBA 2021: Dallas Mavericks’ statement on behalf of former center Shawn Bradley

NBA 2021: The former NBA center and No. 2 overall pick in 1993 suffered his injury on Jan. 20, 2021, while riding his bike. The Dallas Mavericks have issued the following press release on behalf of former Maverick Shawn Bradley,

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.

NBA 2021: 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.

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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.

Former Mavs player Shawn Bradley paralyzed after being struck while riding  bike | KXAN Austin

Bradley asked to convey his deep appreciation for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers he has received from family, friends, and fans.

NBA 2021: 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.

NBA 2021: Mark Cuban:

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.”

NBA 2021: Donnie Nelson:

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.

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