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Sad Story Of How NBA Star Shawn Bradley Paralyzed After Bicycle Crash

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Shawn Bradley, a former NBA player, was paralyzed after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Jan. 20.

Bradley, a 7-foot-6 center who previously played for the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers, announced his injuries in a statement released by the Mavericks.

The 48-year-old, who is one of the NBA’s all-time tallest players, claims he was attacked from behind while biking near his house in St. George, Utah.

Shawn Bradley with his bike | Via MassLive.com

The accident resulted in a catastrophic spinal cord damage, necessitating a neck fusion operation that has kept him in the hospital for the past eight weeks while he recovers.

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“We are saddened to hear of Shawn’s accident,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “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, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, is in “excellent spirits,” with his wife, Carrie, by his side “around the clock.”

Bradley indicated a wish to utilize the tragedy to “raise enormous public awareness to the significance of cycling safety,” while he does not plan to share any further updates on his health journey.

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