Shawn Bradley Paralyzed: Former NBA Center Shawn Bradley was involved in a bike accident and due to injuries suffered to his spinal cord is now paralyzed. According to reports Bradley was struck from behind by a car while riding on his bike and he was severely injured.
Bradley played in the NBA for a total of 14 seasons early in his career on the Philadelphia 76ers, then the New Jersey Nets, and finally the remaining nine seasons on the Dallas Mavericks. Bradley 7’6” spent most of his career as a role player and big man off of the bench and started a little over half of the games he played in during his career.
In 832 career games, Bradley averaged 8.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. Bradley’s career-high in points per game was 13.2 points and throughout his career, he averaged eight or more rebounds five times. Bradley was one of the tallest players in NBA history.
Mark Cuban Comments on Bradley
The Dallas Mavericks released a press release notifying the NBA community and world about the injury Bradley suffered. According to the Mavericks Bradley was struck from behind by s vehicle close to his home in St. George, Utah.
Since the accident happened Bradley underwent neck fusion surgery as well as spending the past weeks since the injury in the hospital and rehabbing. It is expected that Bradley uses his platform to shed light on bicycle safety and bring awareness to the dangers of situations like the one he experienced.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows Bradley on a personal and professional level and has confidence that if anyone can overcome such a serious injury it is Shawn Bradley. Cuban is known as one of the more engaging owners in all sports that spends an incredible amount of time around his players.
“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident.
Shawn has always been incredibly determined and shown a fighting spirit,” Cuban said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his recovery. He will always be a part of our Mavs family.”
Eric LeGrand Offers Support
One of the most recognized injuries in all sports happened in 2010 in college football. In a game against Army, the young defensive tackle was running down on kickoff and made a tackle in which his head was down. Immediately after the play, LeGrand lied motionless on the field.
LeGrand suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. In the blink of an eye, LeGrand’s football career was over and his life was forever changed.
For any human being a severe injury is extremely challenging and the obstacles that you need to overcome to accomplish the simplest of things are now so difficult. For LeGrand, something that helped him so much was his ability to take this challenge and do his best to keep his mind right and not let it hold him back.
“As time starts to go on, you start to realize, Ok, this is my new life,” LeGrand said, “this is my adjustment to it, I can still make a difference. And, that’s why I want to offer whatever I can offer.” “People think when spinal cord injuries happen, that life is just over,” LeGrand said. “And, in the beginning, when you go through an adjustment period, you’re going to have those moments and it’s understandable.”
LeGrand and Bradley are now two former athletes facing a similar injury and some of the same challenges. It is going to be a long road for Bradley who is now 49 years old and has been out of the NBA since the 2004-2005 season.