Isaiah Austin ‘drafted’ by NBA during emotional tribute after career ended by rare syndrome

A true sign of leading from the heart, Adam Silver demonstrates the value of each individual.

Four days before Baylor University basketball star Isaiah Austin hoped to be drafted into the NBA, his dreams of playing in the pros were extinguished by a rare genetic disease called Marfan syndrome.

However on Thursday night, the NBA made sure he fulfilled his dream. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Austin during the 2014 NBA Draft.

“I had a dream that my name was going to be called,” Austin told ESPN. But after a standard physical, test results revealed he had Marfan syndrome. “They said I wouldn’t be able to play basketball no more, at a competitive level. … They told me my arteries and my heart are enlarged, and that if I overwork myself or push myself, my heart could rupture.”

Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leaves connective tissue in the body weak, according to the National Institutes of Health. The defective gene can also cause excessive growth of longer…

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