American Astronaut Scott Kelly just got back to our planet after a year in space. He's part of a NASA study that, among other things, is meant to determine what a year in space does to the mind and body -- data on how he has changed over that year will be compared to that of his twin brother, who got to chill on Earth as a control. It will take a while to collect data on Kelly's status post-space, but one thing is already clear, and it already has the attention of the NBA's shortest player:
Now, putting aside the fact that a year in space could also have negative effects on bone density, cardiac function, balance and more ... ISAIAH IS ON TO SOMETHING. He's an All-Star at a measly 5'9 (if that). What if he left for a year and came back close to six feet tall! He'd be a monster!
And imagine what this could do for younger players trying to make it in the league? NFL prospects are getting massages to grow their hands. Why shouldn't NBA prospects game their own combine by adding a few inches? Some players have foregone college to spend a year overseas or in the D-League ... why not just exit Earth's cruel atmosphere entirely and *really* make some strides?
Don't be surprised, though, when teams get wise to this and start using it for their own benefit. If you think forward-thinking organizations won't draft guys in the second round, then send them up in the Soyuz, you are sorely mistaken. The "Euro Stash" has ended. The "Space Stash" is nigh. (By the way, the Spurs have absolutely already done this. They are on the cutting edge of space-stashing, having realized its potential beyond a one-year trial. Boban Marjanovic was only 6'1 when they sent him to space in 2010.)
This is the future. They say you can't teach height, but you can SPACE height.