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(Bleacher Report)   Basketball player who overcame the loss of vision in one eye to star at Baylor is diagnosed with career-ending disease just days before he was projected to be an early 2nd round pick in the NBA draft   (bleacherreport.com) divider line 35
    More: Sad, Isaiah Austin, NBA, Marfan syndrome, Adam Silver, mock draft, Baylor  
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2014-06-22 08:33:11 PM  
I feel for the kid, devastating.

/use that education, kid.
 
2014-06-22 09:07:06 PM  
That's life. You could already be walking dead, so strive and keep on striving, and always have a new set of goals to aim for if, for example, you have a weird genetic disorder named after delicious pastry toppings.
 
2014-06-22 10:19:21 PM  
I would love to see some team at the end of the 2nd round pick him just so he could say he was drafted. Probably won't happen but it would be a really nice gesture.
 
2014-06-22 10:44:46 PM  
I feel bad for the guy, and his path to the NBA was an amazing one.

That said, it kinda tells you how insanely overvalued height is by some teams.  They were going to take a dude who has one farking eyeball.  And he STILL has a much better FT% than a lot of NBA centers.
 
2014-06-22 11:41:12 PM  
 It says a lot about the current state of the NBA that a 1/2 blind fellow with a genetic disease was going to be drafted in the second round. Thank god the pinball wizard is still available in the third round.
 
2014-06-22 11:47:41 PM  
That was one of the best stories in the NCAA tourney this year. Really a shame, but he sounds like a smart kid and the university seems to be throwing support his way. Hope he likes lemonade because that is one big-ass truckload of lemons. Best of luck to him.
 
2014-06-23 12:07:45 AM  
Heck of a bad break, I wish the kid all the luck in the world.
 
2014-06-23 12:12:02 AM  
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Given his build, it's not too surprising. Really skinny legs and very long skinny arms.
 
2014-06-23 12:12:40 AM  
Well, if Joel Embiid was feeling bad about his recent injury, I expect this puts things in perspective.
 
2014-06-23 12:18:27 AM  
Baylor's Coach, as quoted in the article:  His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program.

If they follow through on giving him a coaching job post-graduation, that's seriously classy of them.
 
2014-06-23 12:24:22 AM  
Well at least he got a free education, so now he can use that.
 
2014-06-23 01:26:48 AM  

TheLopper: Well at least he got a free education, so now he can use that.


What??? You don't think he actually finished his degree to do? He'd have been one-and-done if he hadn't got hurt - as it is, he managed two years.

/ pay them, already
 
2014-06-23 01:34:59 AM  

basemetal: /use that education, kid.


two years doesn't mean much.  maybe the nba can chip in for the remainder since i'm sure the ncaa doesn't care to let him come back to baylor.

also, if he's played this long with marfan why not 12 more, and boom! a nba career is done.
 
2014-06-23 01:42:32 AM  
Maybe he can be President someday.
 
2014-06-23 02:15:00 AM  

A Fark Handle: basemetal: /use that education, kid.

two years doesn't mean much.  maybe the nba can chip in for the remainder since i'm sure the ncaa doesn't care to let him come back to baylor.

also, if he's played this long with marfan why not 12 more, and boom! a nba career is done.


I get the impression that Baylor is willing to honor his scholarship, one way or another. Anyway, that's up to the school, not the NCAA.

He's liable to drop dead at any time when playing basketball, just as he has been for some time. Given the diagnosis, anything further is out of the question. He couldn't get cleared to play even if he wanted to.
 
2014-06-23 02:17:37 AM  

kevinatilusa: Baylor's Coach, as quoted in the article:  His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program.

If they follow through on giving him a coaching job post-graduation, that's seriously classy of them.


My sister & BIL both went to Baylor. My sister actually waited tables on Scott Drew on multiple occasions. She said he's a great guy & tipped extremely well. Given that we both served in the service industry, and everyone knows how jaded some can be in that line of work, I'd say he's a good dude, and call me naive, but I believe him.
 
2014-06-23 02:24:48 AM  
Where's your god now?
 
2014-06-23 04:52:49 AM  

mikemoto: I would love to see some team at the end of the 2nd round pick him just so he could say he was drafted. Probably won't happen but it would be a really nice gesture.


That would be great!
 
2014-06-23 07:12:16 AM  

basemetal: I feel for the kid, devastating.

/use that education, kid.


Did he actually finish or was he one and done?
 
2014-06-23 07:20:00 AM  
He had only one good eye, and an NBA team was still going to draft him? I'm starting to understand why the same teams are in the lottery every year.
 
2014-06-23 08:09:40 AM  

TheLopper: Well at least he got a free education, so now he can use that.


Reminds of David Carle. Sure fire first round pick just a matter of what number  Shows up to NHL combine, first thing they say is you have an abnormal heart and you can never play again. He was lucky though he was committed to the college route as they still gave him the scholarship. Must be very crushing for a kid that young though.
 
2014-06-23 08:13:51 AM  
They say that Abraham Lincoln had Marfan Syndrome.  This guy could have a career in politics.
 
2014-06-23 08:22:01 AM  

Dinobot: basemetal: I feel for the kid, devastating.

/use that education, kid.

Did he actually finish or was he one and done?


Good GOD man. There's just some things you don't talk about.
 
2014-06-23 08:42:50 AM  

puffy999: Maybe he can be President someday.


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2014-06-23 09:24:50 AM  
I had a friend whom had Marfan, his Mother, Grandfather, three uncles and sister had it as well. HIs Mother passed at 38, one uncle at 34 and the other at 44. With Marfan the less physical stress you do on your body the better. He did get a kevlar stent put in his aorta to help eliminate aortic dissections, but still you need to limit what you do, monitor heart rates etc.

Sadly, in my friends case, he passed away from terminal cancer last year. The good news is, he found out before passing that his children didn't have the affliction. Having marfan sucks.
 
2014-06-23 09:51:03 AM  
Adam Silver announced he would bring Austin to the draft as his guest.

The only way to outclass that move is if the Spurs actually drafted him with the 60th pick. On one hand, Ginobli was the 57th pick so there's always a chance to grab an effective player that late...

On the other hand the Spurs own the 58th AND 60th picks... that'd be the biggest heart-warming/tear-jerking move in draft history.
 
2014-06-23 10:03:25 AM  
I have Marfan's, he's lucky they found it now and not after his aorta exploded. I had to have mine repaired at 25 its no fun
 
2014-06-23 10:21:16 AM  

tasloi16: I have Marfan's, he's lucky they found it now and not after his aorta exploded. I had to have mine repaired at 25 its no fun


Wondering if Marfan's created the condition that had him lose his eye.
 
2014-06-23 10:22:26 AM  

Rwa2play: tasloi16: I have Marfan's, he's lucky they found it now and not after his aorta exploded. I had to have mine repaired at 25 its no fun

Wondering if Marfan's created the condition that had him lose his eye.


Forgot to add:  You're very lucky to be alive.  Eruption of your aorta = near death. *cringes*
 
2014-06-23 10:38:51 AM  

Rwa2play: tasloi16: I have Marfan's, he's lucky they found it now and not after his aorta exploded. I had to have mine repaired at 25 its no fun

Wondering if Marfan's created the condition that had him lose his eye.


I think that was injury-related. He hurt it originally playing baseball, had a detached retina that ultimately couldn't be repaired. I don't know enough about Marfan to know if it in any way could have had something to do with the surgical fixes never taking, but my guess is it didn't.
 
2014-06-23 11:17:40 AM  

Revenge of the Muttonstache: Dinobot: basemetal: I feel for the kid, devastating.

/use that education, kid.

Did he actually finish or was he one and done?

Good GOD man. There's just some things you don't talk about.


it is an honest question. Most college hoops players leave after the first year and never learn anything. Maybe the best option for him is for Baylor to offer him a scholarship so he can finish his education.
 
2014-06-23 11:23:04 AM  

Dinobot: Revenge of the Muttonstache: Dinobot: basemetal: I feel for the kid, devastating.

/use that education, kid.

Did he actually finish or was he one and done?

Good GOD man. There's just some things you don't talk about.

it is an honest question. Most college hoops players leave after the first year and never learn anything. Maybe the best option for him is for Baylor to offer him a scholarship so he can finish his education.


Ejaculation joke. I got it. Cuz I'm a perv.
 
2014-06-23 12:21:42 PM  
"I have Marfan's, he's lucky they found it now and not after his aorta exploded. I had to have mine repaired at 25 its no fun "

My buddy was 29 when he had his kevlar stent put in. Im not sure how effective it is, but he was told it would help tremendously. He led a fairly active life afterwards,participating annually in a kayaking/camping trips.  He even did a 500km bike ride/camp thing with his young son  few years back, and then his young daughter the next year.
 
2014-06-23 12:48:52 PM  

DrBenway: He's liable to drop dead at any time when playing basketball, just as he has been for some time. Given the diagnosis, anything further is out of the question. He couldn't get cleared to play even if he wanted to.


oh i guess that's what i get for not researching the risk of marfan are.  for some reason i was imagining a degenerative disease.  to wiki first next time.
 
2014-06-23 03:14:27 PM  

You see dem stains on there: Adam Silver announced he would bring Austin to the draft as his guest.

The only way to outclass that move is if the Spurs actually drafted him with the 60th pick. On one hand, Ginobli was the 57th pick so there's always a chance to grab an effective player that late...

On the other hand the Spurs own the 58th AND 60th picks... that'd be the biggest heart-warming/tear-jerking move in draft history.


Unless you're that 60th guy who got shafted because someone got dust in their eyes.
 
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