Lto life of Shawn Bradley took a dramatic turn on January 20, 2021, just under a year ago. That day the German pvot, who disputed 12 seasons in the NBA and with 8.1 points; 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on average, I would be forever in a wheelchair after being Hit by a car while he was cycling near his residence in St. George, Utah.
In a spectacular report Sports Illustrated reveals what life is like for the giant in a wheelchair and the difficulties that both he and his family encounter on a day-to-day basis after his death. Bradley suffered an accident that even led him to contemplate suicide.
I never imagined myself having those kinds of feelings, but I definitely did.
“Maybe it was better to end it all,” recalls the former 76ers, Mavericks and Nets player. “Yes, those kinds of thoughts did appear and they were real. I never imagined myself having those kinds of feelings, but I definitely did.”
Bradley, who was international for Germany and won more than 70 million dollars in his NBA career, assures that one of the hardest moments in the days he remained in the hospital was when he received visits from his former Mavericks teammates such as Michael Finley.
It is a challenge to remember what one day was and know that it will never be the same again.
“It was really hard to let them see me that way,” recalls the Mormon pvot. “It is a challenge to remember what one day was and know that it will never be the same again.”
Bradley now moves with difficulty in a wheelchair weighing more than 220 kilos and has had to completely change his life to adapt to his new needs. “We have to call the theater to make room for a wheelchair as big as the one Shawn is in,” as his wife Carrie points out.