Back in 2014, former Baylor center Isaiah Austin was all set to enter the NBA. But just as he was about to realize his dream and become a professional basketball player, Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which forced him to prematurely retire from basketball. As he explained during an interview with ESPN's Holly Rowe at the time, the arteries in his heart were so large as a result of the disorder that doctors feared they could rupture if he continued to play. The NBA decided to have Commissioner Adam Silver "draft" Austin during the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft anyway and it made for a great TV moment, but it was hard not to feel bad for Austin after he came so close to the NBA only to be denied due to a health issue.
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