|Emotional Isaiah Austin Realizes NBA Dream After Devastating News - Resume Not Required|
The basketball season ended for the Baylor Bears with a 69-52 defeat at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet 16 back in March. It may have been the end of an impressive run by the sixth seeded Bears and also the collegiate career of center Isaiah Austin, but he was preparing to enter into the NBA Draft, so a whole new chapter was opening up for him.
Until a few days ago when Austin was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. According to The Marfan Foundation, the connective tissues holds all the body's cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body properly develop.
The diagnosis, which affects about 1 in 5,000 people, including men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, is heartbreaking in that his dream of playing professional basketball has come to an abrupt conclusion.
However, that didn't stop the NBA from allowing Austin to realize his dream of hearing his name called on draft night. Commissioner Adam Silver, who invited the former projected first round pick to the Barclay's Center for the Draft, selected him as the honorary draft pick by the league Thursday night.
"It's one of the biggest blessings in my life," said an emotional Austin after being selected by the NBA. "I'm going to dream again."
This is a testament that with hard work, dedication and perseverance, anything can be accomplished. It also applies with finding your dream career. While Austin's dream of playing competitive basketball is over, there are plenty of avenues within the game of basketball he can explore if he truly wants to be a part of the game.
Well done NBA.