NBA makes Isaiah Austin a ceremonial pick in the NBA Draft
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The NBA made quite a classy move last night, honoring Baylor center Isaiah Austin

6/27/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Isaiah Austin (Baylor) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as an honorary draft pick by the NBA during the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Austin was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome ending his career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsBaylor center Isaiah Austin was originally expected to be a high draft pick. He's 7'1", and he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in two years at Baylor. In his freshman year, he put up great numbers, with 13 points and 8.3 boards per game.

There was a good reason for his slight decline in his sophomore season. He was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, and he had a prosthetic right eye due to a detached retina that couldn't be repaired after several operations.

Due to his condition, he could no longer continue his dream of playing in the NBA. Still, the league gave him a chance to play out part of his dream.

Between the 15th and 16th picks in the draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, allowing him to come to the stage and get his picture taken like every other draft pick.

Austin will head back to Baylor and finish his degree, at which point the NBA says he'll have a job waiting for him, even if he's unable to compete on the court. For now, he'll be an assistant coach at Baylor, and he'll still help his team.

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6/28/14   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Me too Scott

6/27/14   |   Scott   |   53606 respect

I ain't going to lie, this brought a tear to my eye.

This was the best pick of the night