Former NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed in bicycle accident

Previous NBA center Shawn Bradley is immobilized after he was struck by an automobile while riding his bike near his house in St. George, Utah, the Dallas Mavericks stated in a declaration on Wednesday.

He sustained a distressing spine injury, and after neck blend surgical treatment, he has actually invested the previous 8 weeks in the health center and going through rehabilitation.

“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,” the declaration stated.

“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 with the Mavericks in 2003.

Bradley with the Mavericks in 2003.

“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, who turns 49 on March 22, was a block from his house at the time of the mishap, the declaration stated.

The 7-foot-6 Bradley invested 12 seasons in the NBA and bet 3 groups – Dallas, New Jersey and Philadelphia, which prepared him with the No. 2 general choice in the 1993 draft.

Bradley played college basketball Brigham Young. He was with the Mavericks for eight-plus seasons, and in 1996-97, Bradley balanced 13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and a league-best 3.4 blocks.

“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated in a declaration. “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.”

Mavs executive Donnie Nelson stated: “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.”

The declaration stated Bradley does not play to “to issue further public updates, preferring to devote his full concentration on his rehabilitation.”

This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Shawn Bradley bike mishap: Ex-NBA gamer immobilized in bike crash

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