Never take the game for granted 

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Isaiah Austin, Adam Silver
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Isaiah Austin of Baylor (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as he is honored on stage during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Us as people tend to take things for granted and unfortunately there are people out there who don’t have the same opportunities. Fans of basketball all play, watch, and write about the game for different reasons. Despite what that reason is, just remember never to take this game for granted.

Like many other things, as quickly as it’s given to you, it can be taken away. There are plenty of people who cherish the game but don’t have the capability of watching it or individuals who have the talent but aren’t allowed to play.

I look at Isaiah Austin, whose dream was almost taken away from him. After declaring for the NBA draft coming out of Baylor University, he learned that he was diagnosed with what he thought was a career ending Marfan Syndrome. But in this past week, he was cleared to play making him available to return to the floor. The future for Austin is undetermined and that’s okay. All that matters is that he got back what he loved and that’s being able to play basketball again.

There’s nothing worse than having something that you truly love taken away. Isaiah Austin experienced that as his dream was taken and he was told that he would ever play basketball again. But through the grace of god he was given another opportunity. Not every one is given another opportunity which is why you can’t take this game for granted. You must always remember that there’s someone out there who doesn’t have the same chances but loves the game just like you do. Keep that person in mind and never take the game of basketball for granted.

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