Isaiah Austin honored during NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin

Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Austin from Baylor University wipes a tear from his eye after being selected as an honorary draft pick by the NBA during the 2014 NBA Draft in Brooklyn on June 26, 2014. Austin was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, ending his career. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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by MICAH PETERS

USA Today

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 12:02 AM

Before the 16th pick was to be taken by the Chicago Bulls, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver paused to recognize and honor Isaiah Austin.

Baylor University player and Arlington native Isaiah Austin had expected his name to be called Thursday night before being diagnosed with a career-ending genetic disorder, and, thanks to Adam Silver, it was.

It was a beautiful moment.

Isaiah Austin's career in competitive basketball ended suddenly last week when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the heart, eyes, skeleton, and circulatory center, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

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