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Back in the 2014 NBA draft we had some great players come into the league like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid but there was 1 story that really stuck with me that day. Isaiah Austin was 4 days away from achieving his childhood dream of becoming an NBA player before he got the most devastating news of his life. He was diagnosed with Merfan Syndrome and his doctor told him he could never play basketball again. I honestly can’t even begin to imagine the devastation he felt that day. He worked his entire life to be in the NBA and 4 days before he achieved it, it was taken away within a second. Adam Silver invited him on stage between the 15th and 16th pick to offer him a job with the NBA if he finished his degree at Baylor which was a very classy move by the best commissioner in sports. But, it was still very sad that he couldn’t play in the NBA.
Yesterday Isiah Austin announced something that made my week. His doctor cleared him to play basketball and he is going to do whatever it takes to make it into the NBA or overseas. I’m not too sure what happened to allow him to play again but that really warms my heart. Congrats Isaiah!