Isaiah Austin honored during NBA draftNBA makes honorary selection for Baylor star diagnosed with rare disease
In the middle of the first round, Silver stopped the festivities in order to draft Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot center from Baylor University. Austin had to give up the dream of playing professional basketball because of a diagnosis of Marfan syndrome just days before the draft.
Just like all of his fellow draftees, Austin rose from his chair and was given a hat, one with the NBA logo as opposed to a specific team.
Though it seems every draft pick gets applause in some form, Austin got the biggest reaction of the night. When Austin began his walk up the stage he was greeted with a standing ovation by all the fans in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
With the selection in the draft, Silver promised Austin a job in some capacity with the NBA when he finishes his business degree from Baylor. Austin has gotten several job offers after news broke of his disorder including one from his current school to work for the basketball team.
Though his basketball career may be over, reporters asked Austin what the future held for him and he had this to say, "Everything. I have a whole life ahead of me. I'm not going to sit here and [...] sulk about not being able to play basketball anymore, because I can still be involved with the game somehow or some way."