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Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 18Aug99 L3
By Pat Bigold: Star-Bulletin

Shawn Bradley and his wife, Annette, have three daughters (Cheyenne, Ciera, and Chelsea) and are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bradley was an outstanding player at BYU before serving a mission to Australia. Upon returning from his mission six years ago he was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and went to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bradley is now the big 7 feet, 6 inch center for the Dallas Mavericks.

This summer he is at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Hawaii. When asked about the training he says "I've wanted to come for several years, but I have another responsibility, and that's my wife and kids. I love basketball, but my wife and kids will be with me the rest of my life, and if they're not taken care of, I can't justify taking time off to come here. This year, I was able to work it out." When asked where he'd rather be when not playing basketball and he responds in a typical Mormon fashion, "Home. It's what keeps me going."

Many kids know him from his role with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and Michael Jordon in Space Jam. In the NBA he is known for both his shot blocking and his stand on moral issues. He has been an outspoken critic about the NBA's inability to reduce the moral decay within the league. He's a role model for both the young and old.

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