Isaiah Austin cries during NBA Draft 2014. (Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Over two years ago, ex-Baylor star Isaiah Austin went from a possible first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to a forced retirement due to a diagnosis of the genetic disorder Marfan syndrome.
But in an incredible turn of events, Austin revealed he’s been cleared to play basketball again and is now an NBA free agent.
With that in mind, let’s go back to the 2014 NBA Draft again. That night, commissioner Adam Silver paused the proceedings to bring up Austin on stage and had the league “select” the forward.
He got up in tears with the crowd giving him a standing ovation, and gave an inspiring interview to ESPN about how he would inspire and “touch people’s lives” to help them get over adversity.
It’s an absolutely beautiful moment that’s been made even greater now that Austin has been cleared to play.
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