It was an incredibly touching moment when, between the 15th and 16th picks in last night’s NBA draft, commissioner Adam Silver selected Baylor’s Isaiah Austin with a ceremonial pick. Austin, who graduated from Arlington’s Grace Preparatory Academy, learned during pre-draft medical screenings that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. With the diagnosis, his basketball career was over. The NBA invited him to attend the draft anyway, and then surprised him with the pick. Silver did this 100-percent right.
“For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has,” Austin said. “It’s really been a tough week for me, and it’s been really rough. I’ve just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they’re praying for me and everything. I can’t thank everybody enough.”
Do not mind saying it got a little dusty around my desk when I watched that again.