Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, NBA commissioner took the time to honor former Baylor center Isaiah Austin. Expected to hear his name called at some point Thursday, Austin was forced to end his competitive career just days prior to the draft after he was found to have Marfan syndrome.
To have one’s career come to an end in that fashion was certainly a tough blow for Austin to absorb, but the way in which he’s handled the situation has resonated with many. Austin, who will return to Baylor to complete his degree, has an offer from Baylor to join their program as a coach (undergraduate assistants are allowed per NCAA rules), and the NBA has offered him a job once he graduates from Baylor.
Above is video of Silver drafting Austin into the NBA family, followed by a a short interview of the 7-foot-1 center.