Former Baylor Bear gets a second chance: Isaiah Austin cleared to play again

Here's the happiest story you'll hear today: Former Baylor Bears big man Isaiah Austin has been cleared to play basketball again, more than two years after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a medical condition that was supposed to end his career before it began.

Austin announced the news in an interview with Cassy Athena, and wrote the following on Instagram:

Very excited to announce to everyone that the news is true. I have been blessed by the grace of God to receive a second chance at chasing my dream of playing basketball. Everything happens for a reason and I'm ready to share my testimony and journey with millions of people across the world. #DreamAgain

Austin, 23, left Baylor after two seasons to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, but the diagnosis came in just a few days before he was hoping to hear his name called. NBA commissioner Adam Silver did, in fact, call his name that night at Barclays Center -- in an emotional, heartwarming gesture, the NBA drafted Austin, who walked up to the stage and shook Silver's hand with tears in his eyes.

As beautiful as that moment was, Austin never wanted it to be the end of his story. Since then, he has started the Isaiah Austin Foundation for Marfan syndrome research and awareness, written a book and returned to college.

And now he'll get a second chance at basketball.

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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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