Former Dallas Mavericks player Shawn Bradley was left paralyzed after a biking accident, his former team announced Wednesday. The 48-year-old was struck from behind by a car while riding his bike near his home in St. George, Utah, the Mavericks said.
Per the release, Bradley 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.”
The former center — who stands 7 feet, 6 inches tall — played 14 seasons in the NBA. He had not previously released any details about the accident. According to the Mavericks’ statement, he does not plan to issue any more public updates.
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— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) March 17, 2021
After being drafted second overall in 1993, the 7-foot-6 Bradley spent 12 years in the NBA, playing for the Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Jersey Nets before retiring in 2005.
He posted career averages of 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, and he led the NBA in blocked shots during the 1996-97 season with 3.4 rejections per contest.