PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the 2nd pick in the 1993 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected seven-foot, six-inch center Shawn Bradley. Bradley would go down as one of the biggest busts in NBA history, spending the bulk of his career being posterized rather than doing the posterizing.
The award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks, told the story in the 30 for 30 short ‘Posterized’ of how Bradley has now blossomed into a star, long after his much maligned NBA career. After Jenks searched for Bradley extensively, he finally got Bradley to sit down for an interview seen in the documentary.
“Look, let’s be honest.” Bradley said in ‘Posterized’. “I got criticized a lot because people would say basketball is not your number one thing. And I don’t apologize for that, because it’s not. It never has been and it never will be. I value my family and my religion number one. I hold those almost in the same light.”
Jeff Van Gundy, who had the pleasure of coaching many NBA big-men including Bradley, explained Bradley did not have the desire and drive to succeed on the basketball court.
“You got to really want it,” Van Gundy said. “It’s not just wanting to win, it’s wanting to live that life style. You will miss family events. You will miss holidays and not everybody has that.”
The riveting short documentary also states that Bradley made approximately $70 million in 12 years playing in the NBA.
You can watch the documentary in full here.