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SBD/June 27, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Adam Silver Honoring Isaiah Austin Becomes Most Memorable Moment Of NBA Draft
Published June 27, 2014
A TOUCH OF CLASS: NBCSPORTS.com's Brett Pollakoff noted Silver inviting Austin to the draft "would have been enough of a classy gesture in and of itself." But the NBA "went over the top in the way it handled Austin's situation." It was "an extremely touching moment" (NBCSPORTS.com, 6/26). It was a "wonderful gesture by the NBA" and a "highlight of the draft" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/27). It was "a classy move by the NBA" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/27). It was "a sensational moment" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/26).
HIGH PRAISE FOR SILVER ON TWITTER: The NBA drafting Austin drew a lot of positive reactions on Twitter Thursday night, with many directed especially at Silver. Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky wrote, "Best part of NBA draft night: Commissioner Adam Silver's tribute to Isaiah Austin. Pure class. NBA in great hands with Mr. Silver." ESPN’s Andy Katz: “Tremendous move by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and league to honor Isaiah Austin of Baylor. Great moment here. Standing O at Barclays.” The AP’s Tim Reynolds: “Adam Silver wins the Draft. … Chills. Absolute chills.” NBA.com’s Sekou Smith: “Nice work from the Commissioner recognizing Isaiah Austin. Adam Silver just keeps on winning." NBCSPORTS.com's Rob Dauster: “Great move here by Adam Silver and the NBA. Glad Isaiah Austin got his moment.” ESPN L.A.’s Dave McMenamin: “Straight class by Adam Silver and the NBA here with Isaiah Austin. Perfect moment.” ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins: “Adam Silver does a great thing for Isaiah Austin. Wonderful." The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau wrote, "In his short tenure as commissioner, Adam Silver has drummed Donald Sterling out of the NBA & welcomed Isaiah Austin into it. 2-for-2, Adam." Campus Insiders’ Bonnie Bernstein: "Between his poised approach to Sterling mess & this wonderful Isaiah Austin moment, Adam Silver's batting 1.000 as NBA Commissioner." The Washington Post’s Michael Lee: “Commish is on a roll since banishing Donald Sterling.” The move even drew compliments from several current NBA players. Rockets G James Harden wrote, “Adam Silver did something special tonight. The @NBA is amazing!” Thunder F Kevin Durant: “Adam silver is such a classy man! That's love right there. I'm emotional for him. Damn I love that.” Pistons F Charlie Villanueva: “Kudos to the NBA for letting him live his dream.”