Shawn Bradley bike accident: Former Nets player paralyzed

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Former Net Shawn Bradley was paralyzed on Jan. 20 after he was hit by a car while riding his bike, the Dallas Mavericks said in a press release on Wednesday.

The Mavericks said the accident, which occurred just a block away from his home in St. George, Utah, caused a traumatic spinal cord injury for which Bradley underwent neck fusion surgery. He has spent the last eight weeks undergoing rehab in the hospital.

"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," the Mavericks said. "He plans to use his accident as a platform to bring greater public awareness to the importance of bicycle safety."

Bradley played in 107 games with the Nets, and averaged 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks with then-New Jersey. He was averaging 4.0 blocks per game with the Nets in 1996-97 before being traded to Dallas - he led the league in blocks per game with 3.4 that year.

Nets head coach Steve Nash, a teammate of Bradley's with the Mavericks, shared his reaction to the news on Wednesday evening.

"I just found out a couple hours ago. … It’s obviously heartbreaking to hear," Nash said. "He’s a fun-loving guy and a teammate of mine, I think for six years. Terrible news, and I hope he remains positive and has a lot of support and can continue to fight and find some comfort and hopefully improve and get as much function back as he can, but obviously really sad news to hear today."