Dan Patrick was talking about Bradley on his show last week. He pointed out
something that I think most people don't consider. In order to be
"posterized" a player has to be trying to block the dunk of an opponent.
As Patrick said, in order to be "posterized" one has to be playing
defense, which most of the players in the NBA don't. Patrick said that he
admired that about Bradley's game, at least he was trying to play defense.
Nice follow-up to the article posted last week about Bradley. It's been a
while so I forgot what a big deal it was when Bradley went straight from his
mission to the NBA. It's incredible that he 1) went on a mission at all,
and 2) was drafted #2 after not having played for two years. He has represented
himself and his faith well. I also feel that Jabari Parker has likewise
represented himself and his faith well, even though his decision to go on a
mission was different. It's great to have these kinds of positive role
models that pursue their dreams without compromising their standards and
He should be a role model for other NBA players, by emphasizing his family and
Our family treasures a picture of our grandchildren in Cincinnati having their
picture taken with Brother Bradley after a fireside at which he spoke. Not a
whole lot of guys from the NBA would be respected by LDS teens and their
parents. He's the real deal.
I agree with @Wiscougarfan. I applaud Bradley LOUDLY!!! He is a rare athlete, a
rare professional athlete. It is a sad commentary in society where "pro
athlete" and "good example" is an oxymoron. The good guys,
especially it seems when they are religious, are vilified when the immoral and
even criminal not only get a pass, they are held up and worshiped. The only
people that should and eventually will be embarrassed and ashamed with be those
who ridiculed Shawn Bradley who is a professional Mormon, a professional
Husband, a professional Dad. A truly happy life his former pro colleagues,
I'm sure, envy.
He is so different from most nba players. Proud and happy for him.
It's great to see stories of those who are not ruined by fame and fortune,
but rather use it to try to better the world. Shawn's a fairly humble guy
too from what I hear.
He lived in my stake in Allen TX. Class act, all the way around.
Who watches the nba these days......it's horrible! The players are all
tatted up and look like convicts......good for Bradley, he made a crap load of
money and gave it his best and stayed true to his wife and family....HES AN MVP
IN MY BOOK!
I think if he had come back from his mission played a year or two at BYU to get
back his skills before jumping to the NBA you would have seen him "change
the game" or at least be a dominant player, But who of us would give up the
Remember when Greg Oostertag gave a kidney to his sister?Sometimes
we confuse athletic prowess with moral character.
Thank you Mr. Harmon, for this nice article. We need more like it. Our family
has followed Shawn Bradley since his high school days at Emery. We enjoyed
watching our basketball players trying to find creative ways to guard him, but
it was next to impossible.Thank you for your outstanding example to my
sons who have watched you since they were boys. I appreciate that you have put
your family first in your life. After all, basketball is just a game.
NBA? Is that league still around? Are people still paying money to watch that
trash? I haven't watched a single game since John Stockton retired. And if
I am ever that desperate for something to do I'll take a nap. At least
something good will come from it.Shawn Bradley was a great guy. I
admire him for the quality person that he was and still is. How many other NBA
players, former or current, can you say that about? Just a few. Very, very few.
Shawn is a good guy. I had to tell him to back up from the fence at Murray
Liberty a couple of years ago. He was standing there and leaning on a 6 foot
tall fence watching one of his boys play. I didn't want him to get hit in
the face with a foul ball. I saw him later that summer at Italian Village. My
wife laughed because she'd never seen me look up to talk to someone like I
had to look up at Shawn.
What a man Shawn Bradley is?! I watched the 30 for 30 special and I am impressed
by his character and that he managed to keep perspective while surviving in the