By: Joseph Yeh)
Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Isaiah Austin, an American professional basketball player
diagnosed with a genetic disorder that prevented him from playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), has recently joined a basketball team in Taiwan to pursue his hoop dream.
The New Taipei-based Yulon Luxgen Dinos, one of seven teams in Taiwan’s professional Super Basketball League (SBL), reached a deal with the 24-year-old on Nov. 8 for the league’s 15th season that opened on Dec. 2.
The 7-foot-1 Austin was a college all-star at Baylor University and thought to be a likely first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft until he was diagnosed just days before the draft with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart.
Though his playing career was over, at least temporarily, Austin still had his name called as a ceremonial pick midway through the first round at the NBA draft in June 2014 and presented with an NBA cap by Commissioner Adam Silver. [FULL STORY]