What it's about: Most would assume Shawn Bradley, a 7-foot-6 center during the NBA's booming 1990s, would have an advantage over everyone on the court. You know, like a sumo wrestler minding the net in the NHL. But 1993's second overall pick, just behind Shaquille O'Neal, is now most remembered for the times he was "posterized," or dunked on so fiercely by opponents like Tracy McGrady that the image is worthy of a bedroom wall. Bradley won some of those battles at the rim, too, totaling more than 2,100 blocks, but of whom much is given, much is often expected.
What it's really about: Humility. Bradley leaned on his pituitary anomaly to play 12 years in the NBA, and was indeed on the unfortunate end of some incredible dunks. One writer called him "the worst sight in professional sports." But it never really seemed to bother the center, a devout Mormon who never sought the NBA limelight. He was instead happy to play a game he loved while making roughly $70 million in the process, and happy to walk away when the time was right. He now works at a shelter for troubled kids and has plenty of better memories on his own walls.Back to top