NBA selects Isaiah Austin in special Draft pick

Adam Silver makes a special Draft selection for Isaiah Austin after the player abruptly ended his basketball career due to being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a special selection in this year's NBA Draft by selecting Isaiah Austin as a ceremonial pick.

Austin had to end his basketball career before it had properly taken off after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just a week ago.

The rare genetic disorder, which affects the heart, was only discovered in a medical the player took before the Draft.

"It's really been a tough week for me, and it's been really rough," said Austin, according to The AP.

"I've just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they're praying for me and everything. I can't thank everybody enough."

The crowd at the Barclay Center rose to its feet when Austin's name was called as Silver explained that the NBA would let Austin fulfil his dream of being picked in the Draft.

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