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Bradley's retirement ends up-and-down era

Updated: June 28, 2005, 2:49 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

This just in: Shawn Bradley was a load. Seriously. People look at him now and can't figure what the NBA ever saw in the man, but, boy, there was a time.

There was a time when the basketball world debated – maybe only half-seriously, but debated all the same – whether Bradley would be a player who revolutionized the pro game. With his 7-foot-6 frame and his pterodactyl wingspan, he was hypothesized as the vanguard for a new generation of centers: Extra long; extra lean; capable ...

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