NBA Drafts Baylor’s Isaiah Austin

It was an incredibly touching moment when, between the 15th and 16th picks in last night’s NBA draft, commissioner Adam Silver selected Baylor’s Isaiah Austin with a ceremonial pick. Austin, who graduated from Arlington’s Grace Preparatory Academy, learned during pre-draft medical screenings that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. With the diagnosis, his basketball career was over. The NBA invited him to attend the draft anyway, and then surprised him with the pick. Silver did this 100-percent right.

“For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has,” Austin said. “It’s really been a tough week for me, and it’s been really rough. I’ve just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they’re praying for me and everything. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

Do not mind saying it got a little dusty around my desk when I watched that again.

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Richard Patterson on Jim Schutze’s “Culture Mob”

Richard Patterson is a big-deal British painter who lives in Dallas. After reading my post yesterday about Jim Schutze’s anti-intellectual view of the Nasher, Richard sent me a few words on the topic. And by “few,” I mean 2,400. Bear in mind, he banged out this ditty in about two hours. It makes me angry […]

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George Mitchell, R.I.P.

The pioneer oilman, who from the 1970s was determined to reach the oceans of energy buried under the Barnett Shale, died on July 26. Here’s an appreciation of his achievement from The Economist. What I didn’t know: His father was a poor Greek immigrant, a goatherd who later ran a shoeshine shop in Galveston, Texas. Mr Mitchell […]

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