Isaiah Austin invited to NBA draft, in line for $1 million insurance policy
Isaiah Austin’s basketball career is over due to Marfan Syndrome, but it’s not all bad news for the former Baylor player.
Darren Rovell of ESPN:
Dwain Price of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has invited Baylor's Isaiah Austin to come to Thursday's NBA Draft as his guest.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) June 22, 2014
If Austin earned a minimum NBA salary the next two years – not a given without his ailment, but a reasonable estimate for him – he would have made $1,352,395. But that’s before taxes, which would obviously take a bite from the pie.
And a trip to Brooklyn for the draft will be a nice diversion in what’s surely a trying time.
Nothing will fully replace the thrill of his name being called on the draft night or the pride that comes through pursuing a career in his chosen path, but I’m glad Austin isn’t left to fend for himself without support.
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