The NBA gave us a tear-jerker of a moment during last night’s NBA Draft, allowing a player who couldn’t be selected his moment on stage.
Isaiah Austin was a top center prospect out of Baylor who was expected to be selected until his diagnosis with a rare disease ended his career. Austin has Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the heart, eyes, circulatory system, and skeleton in about one in 5,000 people. He was diagnosed with the disease during the routine genetic testing that accompanies the draft.
On June 22, Austin announced that his playing career was over.
Words can’t explain how thankful I am for the time I had to play this wonderful sport. It changed my life forever. #NewBeginnings
— God’s Child (@IsaiahAustin) June 22, 2014
NBA commissioner Adam Silver honored Austin Thursday, announcing him as a selection of the league and allowing him to walk across the stage and pose for his draft photo. Austin got a little teary, and so did I. Great moment.