HoopsHype Isaiah Austin rumors


March 10, 2015 Updates

Most important, he has taken on a role as the face of Marfan syndrome, a difficult task to bestow on a 21-year-old. But Austin has taken it willingly, and hopes his story reaches people beyond the scope of his disease. “I wanted to raise awareness of Marfan syndrome,” he said. “There have been a couple cases I have been contacted about, where kids have found out they have Marfan syndrome, and they have been able to come to me and share their story with me. I have just been able to interact with them and uplift them. Sporting News

Two cases that stand out to Austin are those of young boys in Texas—Owen Gray, a 13-year-old from Houston, and an 11-year-old named Carson in Waco. But, as Karen Murray, chairwoman of the Marfan Foundation, whose son, Michael, has grown up with Marfan syndrome, points out, Austin’s impact has already stretched beyond the realm of those with whom he has interacted directly. “He has connected with a lot of people personally, through conferences,” Murray said, “but at the end of the day, there are so many people with Marfan syndrome that he has given a lot of hope to, because he is a role model for them. They look at him as an individual who is moving through his diagnosis and doing all the right things—he is a role model for so many kids whose names he does not even know. They’re affected and they’re motivated and inspired by him. My son has Marfan, and he talks about him all the time. He is affecting people whose names he does not know.” Sporting News

January 8, 2015 Updates

He went from being an award-winning college player at Baylor University to being buzzed about as a a first-round draft pick in the NBA. Then came life-changing news from his doctor. Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. If he continued to play basketball, Austin could have dropped dead on the court. “It really hit me when I came home that night at my aunt’s house and looked into my mom’s face and I knew — exactly then and there — what it was,” he said. Pix11

But Isaiah doesn’t see it as the end. Rather, he sees it as an opportunity to carve a new path and help others achieve their dreams. “I’m still figuring it out on the way,” he said. “Life hits you with different hurdles every day and I know right now I want to be a servant leader, that’s what god has put in my life and in my heart so each and everyday at Baylor, instead of playing on the court, I’m wiping up sweat now. I’m giving guys water. I’m just doing what I can to humble myself.” Pix11

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So alone in his room, he’d turn again to what his mother had told him when he lost vision in his eye: “You can make it your excuse or your story.” He’d look to his left arm and see the words from Corinthians facing him, “For we walk by faith and not by sight,” and discover a new meaning that wasn’t about blindness. He’d begin to dream again and to put the same dedication that brought him to the brink of the NBA into those dreams. He became a spokesman for the Marfan Foundation. He began to write a book. He started the Isaiah Austin Foundation to promote Marfan awareness. He distributed thousands of bracelets at Baylor with the words “Dream Again.” And he discovered a different side of basketball as a graduate assistant, mopping sweat off the floor, handing out water bottles and breaking down film with his players. “I never played basketball just so I could make it to the NBA,” Austin says. “I wanted that, of course, but I just loved the game. And now I’ve discovered so much more that I love.” Sports Illustrated

Back in Boston for the beginning of the NBA season, Austin sees Owen on the court before the game and runs over to give him a high-five. There are a dozen boys and girls with Marfan there, many of whom had never met another kid like them before this trip. The Celtics have partnered with the Marfan Foundation this season, and tonight they're honoring Austin with their "Heroes Among Us" award. At a break in the second quarter, Austin walks onto the court. He hears the sweet sound of his name and a more thunderous roar than when Rajon Rondo was introduced in the starting lineup. A crowd of 18,000 is on its feet. Sports Illustrated

November 2, 2014 Updates

“It’s been different,” Austin said about life after basketball. “I don’t wake up every morning and go straight to the gym. I wake up and go straight to class. I’m wiping up sweat at [Baylor] practice now instead of participating in it, so it’s something I have to deal with and it’s a new beginning for me.” Austin has spent the past few months speaking publicly about his experiences and motivating people with Marfan. In a public service announcement on the video screen during Wednesday’s game, Austin alerted parents to potential Marfan symptoms in their children. “I met a lot of families because of Marfan syndrome — a lot of those kids that I’m meeting, they’re just warriors,” he said. “Their strength really inspires me.” Boston Globe

While Austin wears a grin and is grateful to have a new calling, he still struggles with losing basketball and watching his peers make their NBA debuts, fulfilling lifelong dreams. “I’m still getting over it,” said Austin, who was honored by commissioner Adam Silver during the NBA Draft. “I still miss the game every day of my life, but at the same time I still know that I have a different path that I’m taking and a different journey that I’m on. I’m not letting it dwell. I’m moving forward and staying positive.” Boston Globe

October 30, 2014 Updates

Not long after, he tells Mazzeo, he had to decide on a number. He chose No. 21, Isaiah Austin's number at Baylor. "I didn’t tell him," said Cory Jefferson, who wore No. 34 in college. "I just did it. He liked it, just being able to see No. 21 still out there. Like I said, it means a lot more to me now." Wednesday night, the Celtics honored Isaiah Austin for his courage and presented him with a framed No. 21 jersey. And Jefferson playing his first NBA game scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in nine minutes with Austin watching. NetsDaily

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The NBA will take its affiliation with former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin a step further than the ceremonial pick they extended him in this year's draft if all goes according to plan. Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told TMZ.com. "Right now he's going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job," Austin told the website, referring to the league's charity outreach group. ESPN.com

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Now that his teammate’s playing days are over, Cory Jefferson wants to honor Isaiah Austin by wearing his jersey number, No. 21, with the Nets. “That was big for me,” Jefferson said. “Just knowing the bond that we built, we got really close over the two years that he was there at Baylor that we played together.” Orlando Sentinel

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