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Isaiah Austin Offered Job with NBA After Health Condition Ended Career

Isaiah Austin Offered Job with NBA After Health Condition Ended Career

Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin had his dreams of becoming an NBA player cut short after being diagnosed with a health condition known as Marfan syndrome just days before the 2014 NBA draft. However, Austin may still be affiliated with the league once his education is complete in Waco.

Austin told TMZ.com that he has been offered an NBA job by commissioner Adam Silver, with the stipulation that he finishes his degree at Baylor. He also said he’s already doing a little work now for the NBA Cares program.

Silver added an unexpected twist to the draft that made Austin’s night far brighter. Just days after learning of the diagnosis that ended his basketball career, Austin heard his name called, having been made an honorary selection by the NBA.

Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson was one of many who felt the classy gesture was wonderful to witness:

Credit: TMZ

 

Silver added an unexpected twist to the draft that made Austin’s night far brighter. Just days after learning of the diagnosis that ended his basketball career, Austin heard his name called, having been made an honorary selection by the NBA.

Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson was one of many who felt the classy gesture was wonderful to witness:

If the league office isn’t ultimately in Austin’s plans, the 7-footer may be an imposing presence patrolling the sidelines as a coach, possibly at Baylor, per NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper:

 

I never really thought of coaching but I always knew that I still wanted to be a part of the game somehow or some way, whether it was creating a foundation for the young kids and still being around the game or even having my own basketball camp one day. I am taking this into consideration because it is going to be a great opportunity for me. My brother’s still at Baylor and to still be a part of a great program.

 

Instead of dwelling on what could have been a promising—even dominant—professional career as a player, Austin is evidently making the best of his circumstances. The optimistic outlook he has is inspiring, and Austin’s attitude has been met with universal acclaim and support ever since this year’s draft. That should only continue to be the case, especially if he remains visible for NBA fans and players.

Whatever path Austin decides on, he has the proper mindset to deal with anything that comes his way. With someone like Silver and many others serving as fervent supporters, Austin figures to be successful in his forthcoming endeavors.

 

 

Source: Bleacherreport.com

 

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