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Given the chance to 'dream again,' Isaiah Austin vows to give his all for PH

MANILA, Philippines – Isaiah Austin's dreams were never dashed; they were only deferred.

Of course, it must have seemed that way for the 23-year-old center in June 2014 when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just as he was all set to enter the NBA Rookie Draft, and take the path he seemed all but destined for since making his mark as a prep star in Arlington, Texas.

Isaiah Austin.
Instead, Austin was made an "honorary draft pick" by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, making an emotional walk to the stage between the 15th and 16th picks.

Austin's basketball dream could have ended there. After all, he was still dealing with Marfan syndrome, described as a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. In Austin's case, it was his arteries that were most affected; he was warned that if he overworked, his heart could rupture.

He already had a job lined up, as well: Silver apparently offered him a job in the NBA, provided that he finished his degree in Baylor.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/13/17/given-the-chance-to-dream-again-isaiah-austin-vows-to-give-his-all-for-ph

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