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Former Dallas Mavericks Star Is Paralyzed Following Accident

A general view of the Dallas Mavericks arena.

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 07: A general view of play between the Toronto Raptors and the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 7, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks released sad news on Wednesday afternoon, sharing a statement from former center Shawn Bradley, who was recently paralyzed in an accident.

According to the press release, Bradley, who played in Dallas from 1997-2005, was injured on January 20 when he was struck from behind while riding a bicycle in Utah. The 7-foot-6 former BYU star suffered a "traumatic spinal cord injury" that left him paralyzed and has spent the last two months rehabilitating.

Bradley is a paraplegic, per the statement. While he has been undergoing physical therapy, the big man has a long journey ahead.

"Doctors have advised him that his road to recovery will be both long and arduous, perhaps and even more difficult physical challenge than playing professional basketball," the release reads.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former head coach Don Nelson also extended their best wishes to the 48-year-old Bradley.

Bradley was the No. 2 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1993. He spent two-plus seasons in Philly before playing parts of two seasons with the New Jersey Nets.

The Nets traded Bradley to Dallas midway through the 1996-97 season, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Over here at The Spun, we'd like to extend our well wishes to Bradley as he continues his recovery.