Bradley to Retire …
The Mavericks are working on a long-term buyout of center Shawn Bradley's contract that would facilitate the retirement of the 12-year veteran.
A Mavericks source said Wednesday that the buyout would pay Bradley all of the money he is owed under terms of his contract, but would be spread out over numerous years. His deal calls for him to earn $14.5 million over the next three seasons, including $4.5 million in 2005-06.
I know today there is a lot to discuss; Game 7 in the NBA Finals, Kenny Rogers getting beat in Anaheim to get the Rangers swept, Blake Sloan’s pension. But, I have decided to not bury the lead. The lead today is the only story we will touch in today’s blog. Shawn Bradley is set to retire.
Now, perhaps on this day of Shawn leaving the Mavericks, you thought I would soften up and tell you what a good guy he is, and thanks for the memories big fella, didn’t you?
Instead, I thought I would reprint my blog entry from April 27th, a few days after the famous T-Mac facial:
I am coming under a fair amount of fire for appearing to blame the plight of the Mavericks on poor Shawn Bradley. Well, allow me to clarify. There is no way that the Mavericks are down 2-0 because of Shawn Bradley. That is absurd, partly because he doesn’t play enough minutes to affect the outcome of these two games. Dirk, Finley, Avery, Van Horn all should receive blame for this thing long before big Shawn.
With that being said, if we can agree that he is not to blame for this series, could we at least agree that he is certainly responsible for the national image of the Mavericks being soft, white boys who can’t get it done? That seems fair. He has been dunked on more than anyone in the history of the league (I am estimating), and has never offered a hard foul on anyone. He is polite, meek, and a perfect gentleman, which is the complete and total opposite of what you want a big man to be in the NBA.
I am sure he is a great guy, in fact, when Dan and I had him on our show, I almost felt guilty because I did find out what a nice dude he is. But there are all sorts of nice guys in this world. Nice guys do not make great basketball players. And my blame of Shawn is not about one isolated dunk from Monday night, although admittedly, that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Think of it as more of a lifetime achievement award for years of shameless dunk receiving, and years of soft fouls as the other team celebrated while standing over a meek Shawn.
Enough is Enough in my book.
I make no apologies for my feelings. Sure he is a good guy. So is Jimmy Christopher. I don’t want either of them playing Center for the Mavericks. I realize Pavel might be a younger more awkward version of Shawn, but I am willing to take my chances.