NBA commissioner Adam Silver made one of the classiest moves in the history of the NBA draft by making Isaiah Austin a ceremonial pick.
Austin was a projected second round pick until he was diagnosed with a career-ending genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome just over a week ago.
The illness was discovered during a physical for the draft.
What is Marfan syndrome?
Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop.
Austin spoke Friday morning following the draft about Silver’s decision to recognize him and help him realize his dream of walking across the stage after being drafted.
“It was really unbelievable just for him to even invite me and my family to the draft after everything that happened shows how classy of a man he is and I’m thankful to God for putting us in this situation for him saving my life.”
During the emotional event, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant tweeted: