Chants of "I-sai-ah," calling in unison for Baylor center Isaiah Austin, filled Barclays Center at Thursday night's draft. It was a dream the NBA hopeful never thought he would live.
Austin was diagnosed with a career-ending genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome during pre-draft testing. Continuing to play competitive basketball could prove deadly because of aortic enlargement.
Between the 15th and 16th picks, the NBA "selected" Austin and offered him a job somewhere within the league.
"It's my love and it's my passion," Austin said of basketball. "I just can't thank God enough for my family and my friends [who] are backing me up with this."
-- PETER CAPPIELLO