Imagine working all of your life to achieve your dreams. Day in and day out putting your heart on the line to succeed, then days before you are about to begin the next chapter, the chapter of your dreams, your World comes crashing down leaving you unable to accomplish the goals you have worked so hard for. The goals you have built your life around.
Now, I know that Isaiah Austin isn’t the first, and won’t be the last to be in a position like that, but what I do know, is that his unfortunate situation has helped open the eyes of many. For those of you who don’t know the story of Isaiah, the brief version goes like this; Austin, the center for the Baylor Bears, was a #1 draft pick for this years NBA draft, but just days before the draft, he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, leaving him unable to play basketball at a competitive level. In the wake of that moment, his life was forever changed. Dreams that were so close in his reach yanked from him, but his attitude has been positive. His dreams may have shifted but, in the midst of Lebron talk, Carmello talk, and trade rumors, we were reminded to wake up every morning and be thankful for what we have, because it can be taken away in the blink of an eye.
Last night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver helped make Austins dream of getting drafted a reality- in the moment where Silver introduces Austin, making him a ceremonial pick, his eyes well up with tears, and we are reminded that THIS is what Sports are all about. It’s about being a family, being there for each other, and picking someone up when they are down.
So Thank You, Isaiah Austin, for reminding us that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, that dreams can come true, and that a positive attitude will help make even the worst situations a little bit better. We send nothing but love and well wishes to you as you take the next steps in your journey of life.