Mavericks: Winning is his goal
Fort Worth TX Star-Telegram 23Jan99
By Dwain Price: Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Jones sees an old grudge in snub
Philadelphia PA Daily News 25Jan99
By Doug Darroch: Daily News Sports Writer
Shawn Bradley, who will be used off the Dallas bench behind John "Hot
Rod" Williams, is hinting that he may retire, at the age of 29, when his
contract expires in the 2000-2001 season. (This season he will be making
Bradley says it's because he would like to spend more time with his wife
and "four beautiful daughters".
7 foot 6 inch Bradley first caught the eye of the NBA when he played one
season at Brigham Young University. When he returned from a two year
mission in Australia, the Philadelphia 76ers made him their second player
in the 1993 draft. He was signed to an eight year $44.2 million
contract. Instead of becoming a star he became a short-blocking novelty,
traded to the New Jersey Nets early in his third pro season. After a
little more than a year, he was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Pete Newell, who runs a summer camp for big men, wishes Bradley had been
one of his campers. He believes that he could have bridged the gap
between college and the NBA.
Bradley scoffs at the people who say he's short-changing himself by not
working hard during the off-season.
"They don't know, and they don't understand," Bradley said. "It's real
easy to look at a big guy and say he doesn't work as hard as the other guy,
because he appears slower. Many times he is slower.
"It's just part of the stigma that comes along with us 7-footers. But I
can't worry about what other people think. I've got to worry about what I
think and how I feel about it, and go out there and work harder and