HoopsHype Shawn Bradley rumors

May 22, 2014 Updates

In 12 NBA seasons, Shawn Bradley never became the Hall-of-Fame-caliber player many thought he would be coming out of BYU. Instead, the 7-foot-6 center was known for his struggles, especially high-flying dunks by opponents at his expense. The ex-Maverick was interviewed for “Posterized,” an ESPN 30 for 30 Short on Grantland.com, telling his story of on-court futility and how he was perceived by basketball fans around the country. In the short film, Bradley discusses how basketball was never his top priority, but that his family and religion took precedent over team matters. Dallas Morning News

May 16, 2013 Updates
March 14, 2013 Updates

Shawn Bradley wasn’t about to disappear when he retired from the NBA eight years ago. When you’re 7-6, there’s no such thing as fading into the background. Most of Bradley’s focus is on wife Annette and their six children in Murray, Utah. But he’s also found time to run for the state House of Representatives, dabble in real estate, ride his custom-made bicycle in a few 100-mile rides, take an active role in several charities, chair the board of a school for at-risk teens, work on his family’s ranch near Roosevelt in central Utah and even play guitar in a YouTube video promoting Jimmer Fredette. “That was not one of my better moments,” Bradley says of the video. “When the right guy calls, you do something like that. I felt ridiculous (he was wearing a BYU letter jacket and a wig that looked as if it was borrowed from a mop). When we first got there, I said, ‘If (former BYU football coach) LaVell Edwards is not walking through those doors, I’m gone.’ But he showed up and if he was willing to do that, so was I. Luckily, my teenage daughters were not embarrassed by it. To them, it was just dad being dad.” High School Sports

In some cases, that may mean outside the country. A few years ago, Bradley traveled with his family to southern India to help with Rising Star Outreach, a charity that works with leper colonies. He and his wife are on the charity’s board of directors and sponsor some of the children in the colonies. “The (charity) helps the colonists who have no social ability to raise their station,” Bradley says. “They are considered cursed and if anyone in the family has leprosy, they would all be shunned. Even they themselves see themselves as cursed. We were with a medical team that helped them treat their wounds. Leprosy can be cured with a shot, but the scars don’t go away. We take the kids who are affected and put them in a school and work with local businesses to mentor these kids. We’re just trying to help break some of the social stigmas they face.” High School Sports

November 17, 2011 Updates

A 34-year-old Murray man has been charged with theft for allegedly taking a bicycle belonging to retired NBA and BYU basketball player Shawn Bradley. The one-of-a-kind, 80-centimeter frame bicycle was reported missing by Bradley on Nov. 4. The man puzzled over who could have taken the bicycle, which was so difficult to ride that even its makers couldn't test it before shipping it. According to charges filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court, the culprit was Joshua James Carter, who is facing one count of theft, a second-degree felony. KSL.com

November 11, 2011 Updates

At 7-foot-6, former NBA center Shawn Bradley needs just about everything custom-made, from clothes and chairs to countertops and doorways. It's why he was bummed when his custom-build Trek road bicycle, complete with an 80 centimeter carbon fiber-aluminum frame, was stolen last Friday. "There's no way they could have ridden it away," Bradley said Thursday morning. "It's kind of baffling. I think it will turn up." He was right. AP

Bradley took up cycling because he needed to get healthy again. He had taken time off following his NBA career to let his body recover, but also packed on the pounds, ballooning from his playing weight of 275 pounds to 335. "I just wasn't feeling good," Bradley said. Bicycling the roads and canyons of Utah was the solution. He's shed about 30 pounds of fat after making bicycling part of a daily routine. He's logged several thousand miles, including many "century rides" - rides of 100 miles or more. Bradley also rode from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyo., last year. "It's changed my body (composition) and when I ride the bike in the morning, I want to eat healthy the rest of the day. It's a mental game I play with myself," he said. AP

The 39-year-old is president of the board of directors at West Ridge Academy, a youth residential treatment center in Utah. In 2010, he ran for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives but lost. He's contemplating another run for public office. Now he doesn't have to worry about finding a replacement bicycle, valued at between $6,000 and $10,000. "I'm not a racer, but I love to ride," he said on a sun-splashed fall day. "A day like today would have been perfect." AP

Former NBA player Shawn Bradley regained possession Thursday of the custom-made bike someone stole from his barn this past weekend. The bike built for the 7 foot 6 inch tall basketball player couldn't have been easy for the thief to sell or even ride and was recovered by police. "I've got to figure out how to get the seat back up where it belongs. They tried to adjust it for them to ride," Bradley said Thursday. "It's not for the average person, shall we say." Deseret News

November 10, 2011 Updates

Police in Utah say the oversized road bike made especially for former NBA center Shawn Bradley's 7-foot-6 body has been found. The road bike has an 80 centimeter carbon fiber-aluminum frame -- about 50 percent larger than what a normal-sized person would ride. It went missing last Friday. Bradley said earlier Thursday that he was dumbfounded over why someone would steal a bike that it is probably useless to anyone but him. ESPN.com

May 26, 2011 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks are back in the NBA finals and there's no bigger fan cheering them to a potential first league title than former center Shawn Bradley. The 7-foot-6 self-described "freak of nature" spent nine years with the organization. He lives in Salt Lake City now, but spent the Western Conference finals trying to watch his old team in between numerous activities and spending time with his six children. "The last time they were in the Finals (in 2006) was the year after I retired," Bradley said. "That was very hard for me. Very difficult, having retired then watching my team go to the finals the next year… This year I'm enjoying it a lot more." Yahoo! Sports

While Bradley never became a dominant big man, made an All-Star game or lived up to being the second overall pick, it should be noted that he played 12 seasons in the league, averaged 8.1 PPG and 6.3 RPG during that time and finished with over 2,000 blocked shots. "Whether I lived up to people's expectations of changing the game or franchise or what not, look: I went out, I worked hard, I didn't fib or lie or cheat anyone," Bradley said. "I just went and I worked hard and said, 'This is what I have. If you can use it, great. If not, fine.' And I was there for 12 years and I retired on my terms. So I look at it as very successful and I'm very proud of it." Yahoo! Sports

November 3, 2010 Updates
November 2, 2010 Updates

You might remember Shawn Bradley from his 12-year NBA career, playing for such teams as the Sixers, the Nets, and the Mavericks. And if (nay, when) you vote today in Utah, you might also remember that he's running for a seat in the House of Representatives out of the Beehive State. You might also remember that Bradley is 7'6" tall. That should be tall enough to make him the tallest member of Congress of all times. Taller than Tom McMillan (6'11'). Taller than Bill Bradley (6'5"). Way taller than Abe Lincoln (6'4"). ESPN.com

July 21, 2010 Updates

Reiner Bradley, father of former NBA basketball player and current political candidate Shawn Bradley, died Wednesday in an accident at his Castle Dale home. Reiner Bradley, 61, apparently fell off the roof of his home while completing a few repairs. He was "finishing up some items on his to-do list" before going to the Price pediatric clinic where he worked as a physician's assistant, Shawn Bradley told the Deseret News. Deseret News

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