Former Dallas Mavericks Center Shawn Bradley Paralyzed After Car Hits him During Bike Ride

FILE- In this Nov. 22, 1997, file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Bradley (44) looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks’ Ervin Johnson (40) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Reunion Arena in Dallas. Former NBA player Shawn Bradley was paralyzed when he was struck from behind by a vehicle while riding a bike near his Utah home, saying in a statement nearly two months after the accident he intended to bring awareness to bicycle safety. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Former Dallas Mavericks player Shawn Bradley was left paralyzed after a biking accident in January, 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.

The accident caused a traumatic spinal cord injury and Bradley underwent neck fusion surgery. He has spent eight weeks in the hospital and undergoing rehab.

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.

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

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Shawn’s injury and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family,” Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson said in a statement. “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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SOURCE: CBS News, Caitlin O’Kane