The NBA made quite a classy move last night, honoring Baylor center Isaiah Austin
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.
Here's the video, in case you missed it: