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(ESPN)   With the 15 1/2th pick, the NBA selected Isaah Austin   (espn.go.com ) divider line 39
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2014-06-27 09:33:02 AM  
Good job, NBA. Classy move.
 
2014-06-27 09:54:57 AM  
This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.
 
2014-06-27 10:24:22 AM  
Adam Silver is crushing it as Commissioner. He handled Sterling with all the cool, ruthless efficiency of a hitman, and now this. He gets it.
 
2014-06-27 11:24:30 AM  

bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.


According to Deadspin, Silver has already offered him a job in the NBA once he gets his degree and Baylor has offered him a coaching position at the school. I think he'll be ok.
 
2014-06-27 11:26:34 AM  

Gonz: Adam Silver is crushing it as Commissioner. He handled Sterling with all the cool, ruthless efficiency of a hitman, and now this. He gets it.


To be fair, he wasn't hardnened by decades of having to keep the NBA from the verge of bankruptcy
 
2014-06-27 11:27:31 AM  
i had just turned TV on when this happened.  took me a minute to get what what happening.  "classy" is a cheesy, overused word in sports, but.....very classy.  and that kid is blind in one eye?  On the interview you could see something was up with his eyes but, blind, and was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to ballin' in the Association?

and i liked when the cameras caught Bill Simmons pumping his fist at the Celtics pick, and he sees himself on camera and awkwardly tries to recover, then seconds later says, "i've already resigned myself to the fact that clip of me celebrating the Celts pick will be on Youtube in 5 minutes, i deserve that...."  funny moment.
 
2014-06-27 11:27:34 AM  

bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.


I don't believe there is, nor should there be.  It is a classy thing to do for someone who was dealt a bad genetic hand, but that doesn't entitle him to medical benefits or other compensation.
 
2014-06-27 11:32:53 AM  

bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.



different sport, but a few years ago a Arizona State baseball player slid awkwardly into second, somehow suffered a severed spinal cord, is paralyzed from the waist down.

a year or so later, the D-Backs selected him with the, whatever, 32nd round pick (MLB has an insane draft).  He now works in the front office using his MBA or whatever he earned from ASU.  there's a neat Youtube clip of the Snakes calling in the pick -- "with the 32nd pick, the Diamondbacks select player number ABC123" -- and as the other Snakes employees realize what is happening, you can see them getting kinda choked up.  a neat little moment.
 
2014-06-27 11:33:01 AM  
I'm so sick of these stupid ceremonial draft picks.  Sucks for him, but I think he'll be ok.  He seems like a smart guy, has a great attitude, and as others have said he already has some serious job offers.  Not trying to be a dick or anything, but why not make everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport ever a first round pick?
 
2014-06-27 11:37:45 AM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.

According to Deadspin, Silver has already offered him a job in the NBA once he gets his degree and Baylor has offered him a coaching position at the school. I think he'll be ok.


Yeah this is just my curiosity more than anything.
 
2014-06-27 11:42:05 AM  
Isaah?
 
2014-06-27 11:44:21 AM  

mjbok: bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.

I don't believe there is, nor should there be.  It is a classy thing to do for someone who was dealt a bad genetic hand, but that doesn't entitle him to medical benefits or other compensation.


I don't really think it's about obligation or entitlement. It's a question of using their largesse to do something for someone who but for that "bad genetic hand" would be one of their own. It sounds like Austin's luckily got a lot of options and opportunities ("luck" being relative here), and the possibility of a place with the NBA down the road is just one of them. I'm glad to hear he intends to finish up his degree at Baylor.

There's a lengthier piece on Austin, the draft last night, how he learned about his condition, and his options going forward here.
 
2014-06-27 11:46:12 AM  

Gonz: Adam Silver is crushing it as Commissioner. He handled Sterling with all the cool, ruthless efficiency of a hitman, and now this. He gets it.


His biggest priorities for the league going forward are raising the player age limit and selling ads on jerseys. F that.
 
2014-06-27 11:47:16 AM  

DrBenway: It's a question of using their largesse to do something for someone who but for that "bad genetic hand" would be one of their own.


I got a "bad genetic hand" too by not being over 7' tall, where's my parade?
 
2014-06-27 11:59:49 AM  
And he'll probably have a better NBA career than whatever Duke player got drafted.
 
2014-06-27 12:09:03 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.

According to Deadspin, Silver has already offered him a job in the NBA once he gets his degree and Baylor has offered him a coaching position at the school. I think he'll be ok.


It sounds like he also had a sizable insurance policy that's probably going to pay out, too.
 
2014-06-27 12:15:30 PM  

dikkcor28: I'm so sick of these stupid ceremonial draft picks.  Sucks for him, but I think he'll be ok.  He seems like a smart guy, has a great attitude, and as others have said he already has some serious job offers.  Not trying to be a dick or anything, but why not make everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport ever a first round pick?


He was slated to be a mid-first round pick until about three weeks ago. It's a little different than someone that had a spinal injury in their junior year of high school getting angry that they weren't selected in the NFL draft.
 
2014-06-27 12:16:17 PM  

dikkcor28: I'm so sick of these stupid ceremonial draft picks.  Sucks for him, but I think he'll be ok.  He seems like a smart guy, has a great attitude, and as others have said he already has some serious job offers.   Not trying to be a dick or anything, but why not make everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport ever a first round pick?


...but you just can't help it, right? (hey, it's right there in your log-in anyway, so I guess you're stuck with it) "Everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport" wasn't days away from being a late first/early second-round pick when they were diagnosed. Sorry they spoiled your draft-watching pleasure with the gesture.

DrewCurtisJr: DrBenway: It's a question of using their largesse to do something for someone who but for that "bad genetic hand" would be one of their own.

I got a "bad genetic hand" too by not being over 7' tall, where's my parade?


Sorry, bubba, but I reckon you're just gonna have to make do with the zombie pub crawl, I'm afraid. Or there's always this:

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-27 12:30:46 PM  

dikkcor28: Not trying to be a dick or anything


I would hate to see what happened when you actually expended effort.
 
2014-06-27 12:42:48 PM  

DrBenway: ...but you just can't help it, right? (hey, it's right there in your log-in anyway, so I guess you're stuck with it) "Everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport" wasn't days away from being a late first/early second-round pick when they were diagnosed. Sorry they spoiled your draft-watching pleasure with the gesture.


It's just that, a gesture.  He knew where he stood and what he did.  It just cheapens it.  I remember the Arizona State baseball deal, that was pretty cool because his life got pretty farked directly from playing the game and they could do it later on in the draft.  The best example was when the Saints signed the dude from Tulane to a free agent deal after he graduated.  This certainly isn't the worst case of it, but it's getting kinda over played.
 
2014-06-27 12:48:33 PM  

dikkcor28: DrBenway: ...but you just can't help it, right? (hey, it's right there in your log-in anyway, so I guess you're stuck with it) "Everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport" wasn't days away from being a late first/early second-round pick when they were diagnosed. Sorry they spoiled your draft-watching pleasure with the gesture.

It's just that, a gesture.  He knew where he stood and what he did.  It just cheapens it.  I remember the Arizona State baseball deal, that was pretty cool because his life got pretty farked directly from playing the game and they could do it later on in the draft.  The best example was when the Saints signed the dude from Tulane to a free agent deal after he graduated.  This certainly isn't the worst case of it, but it's getting kinda over played.


And just how does it affect you directly?  You weren't going to be drafted in any of the instances, so quit "being a dick about it".....you'll be a lot happier.
 
2014-06-27 12:50:32 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Isaah?


I say, I say boy, that boy's as strong as an ox, and just about as smart.
 
2014-06-27 01:18:07 PM  

dikkcor28: I'm so sick of these stupid ceremonial draft picks.  Sucks for him, but I think he'll be ok.  He seems like a smart guy, has a great attitude, and as others have said he already has some serious job offers.   Not trying to be a dick or anything, but why not make everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport ever a first round pick?


No, being a dick is exactly what you are trying to be. Own it.
 
2014-06-27 01:20:59 PM  
Was this the Len Bias, I am going to get drafted but never play in the NBA, Award?

too soon?
 
2014-06-27 01:27:46 PM  
Is it just me, or have people gone out of their way recently to be dicks, even beyond normal welcometofark.jpg levels?

/The only thing that I wasn't thrilled about last night was Hariston going to the Hornets.  I think he needed to play somewhere far away from Greensboro.
 
2014-06-27 01:31:19 PM  
Silver is going to go down as the best commisioner OF ALL TIME.
 
2014-06-27 01:32:41 PM  

Gonz: Adam Silver is crushing it as Commissioner. He handled Sterling with all the cool, ruthless efficiency of a hitman, and now this. He gets it.


Stern had this oleaginous, insincere, corporate thuggishness to him.  One wondered if he cared about the sport at all or anything beyond green, or whether he was more lawyer than human.

Silver has a great touch and, you're right, he's crushing it.
 
2014-06-27 01:35:48 PM  

italie: Silver is going to go down as the best commisioner OF ALL TIME.


The 2015 NBA Champions, Dick's Sporting Goods Presents the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brought to You By Coors Light, would like a word.
 
2014-06-27 01:48:48 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Gonz: Adam Silver is crushing it as Commissioner. He handled Sterling with all the cool, ruthless efficiency of a hitman, and now this. He gets it.

Stern had this oleaginous, insincere, corporate thuggishness to him.  One wondered if he cared about the sport at all or anything beyond green, or whether he was more lawyer than human.

Silver has a great touch and, you're right, he's crushing it.


Don't worry in a few years, everyone will hate him too. It's the curse of being the commissioner.
 
2014-06-27 01:48:54 PM  

p the boiler: Was this the Len Bias, I am going to get drafted but never play in the NBA, Award?

too soon?


Len Bias was actually drafted by a team.
 
2014-06-27 02:08:35 PM  

mjbok: p the boiler: Was this the Len Bias, I am going to get drafted but never play in the NBA, Award?

too soon?

Len Bias was actually drafted by a team.


Now that's tanking a season away. The Sixers should take notes. Hell, they may trade for Len Bias later this year.
 
2014-06-27 02:34:28 PM  

Uncle Pooky: dikkcor28: I'm so sick of these stupid ceremonial draft picks.  Sucks for him, but I think he'll be ok.  He seems like a smart guy, has a great attitude, and as others have said he already has some serious job offers.   Not trying to be a dick or anything, but why not make everybody who ever had any kind of injury/illness in any sport ever a first round pick?

No, being a dick is exactly what you are trying to be. Own it.


I also wasn't aware of the long history of NBA ceremonial draft picks was so long that you could become sick of them.
 
2014-06-27 03:43:42 PM  

EyeballKid: mjbok: p the boiler: Was this the Len Bias, I am going to get drafted but never play in the NBA, Award?

too soon?

Len Bias was actually drafted by a team.

Now that's tanking a season away. The Sixers should take notes. Hell, they may trade for Len Bias later this year.


The Celtics need him for the same reason the Sixers do so the Sixers would have to take a contract back as well...
 
2014-06-27 03:59:46 PM  

rickythepenguin: bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.


different sport, but a few years ago a Arizona State baseball player slid awkwardly into second, somehow suffered a severed spinal cord, is paralyzed from the waist down.

a year or so later, the D-Backs selected him with the, whatever, 32nd round pick (MLB has an insane draft).  He now works in the front office using his MBA or whatever he earned from ASU.  there's a neat Youtube clip of the Snakes calling in the pick -- "with the 32nd pick, the Diamondbacks select player number ABC123" -- and as the other Snakes employees realize what is happening, you can see them getting kinda choked up.  a neat little moment.


MLB drafts give a little more flexibility for PR gestures like that compared to NBA, NFL, NHL, etc., where the picks are limited so have to be expended to maximize the gain as a pick for a player unable to play can have a larger impact on the franchise.  The other leagues try and do their PR moves through other methods such as NFL teams who had the free agent signing of the wrongfully convicted Brian Banks who was given tryouts and attended training camps before he was ultimately cut.  That was done primarily for PR purposes although there was hope that the raw athletic talent he had in high school could offer the teams something that the injured athletes do not.

The NBA giving this former player a moment in the sun was nice for everyone involved although it doesn't replace the millions of dollars he will be denied due to the medical discovery.  At least his condition was discovered before he dropped dead unlike other families who receive the diagnosis after an autopsy of their athlete.  Even though the NBA career has ended before it began, he certainly looks to have many more option than he would have due to basketball, so don't cry too much for him.
 
2014-06-27 04:06:49 PM  
Headline spells Isaiah's name with only one I?

damn, that's cold.
 
2014-06-27 05:57:45 PM  
Good for him.  But why did Baylor keep playing him after his eye issue?  A 7'1" player with retinal issues just screams Marfans.  Baylor and Isaiah are both lucky that he made it through his college career.
 
2014-06-27 07:31:45 PM  

mjbok: bdub77: This is of course a ceremonial pick, but I wonder if there's any legal benefit to him, like medical or pension or salary or any of that. Would be nice for a guy with a nasty genetic disorder.

I don't believe there is, nor should there be.  It is a classy thing to do for someone who was dealt a bad genetic hand, but that doesn't entitle him to medical benefits or other compensation.


It does if the NBA wants to do it.
 
2014-06-28 06:10:32 AM  
"Hey Isaah, would you like to play in the NBA?"

"I'd give my right eye..."
 
2014-06-28 11:10:34 AM  
With only one good eye, I'm surprised the NBA didn't make him a ref

/I keed, I keed
//couldn't resist
 
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