Hit in the eye while playing baseball at the age of 12, (former Baylor forward) Isaiah Austin is legally blind in his right eye. The disability, however, didn’t prevent the 7-foot-1, 225-pound center/power forward from leading the Big 12 in blocks this past season with 119, and from being named to the Big 12 All-Defensive squad.
Blake, though, isn’t sure if Austin’s disability will prevent him from being chosen when the NBA holds its annual two-round draft Thursday.
“It’s not like a bad back or a knee that might get reinjured,” said Blake, who is the senior director of NBA scouting operations. “He plays with it.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN