NBA's Tony Snell Reveals Autism Diagnosis At Age 31

Longtime NBA player Tony Snell is opening up on a recent health discovery … revealing he was diagnosed with autism last year.

The 31-year-old shared the news with “Today” on Friday … saying his son’s own diagnosis gave him the courage to get checked out as well.

As it turns out, Snell says the signs were there throughout his life … explaining he was often independent and alone, and struggled to connect with people on a personal level.

“I was not surprised because I always felt different,” Snell said. “I was just relieved like, ‘Oh, this is why I am the way I am.’ And it just made my whole life, everything about my life make so much sense.”

“It was like a clarity, like putting some 3-D glasses on.”

Snell believes if he knew his diagnosis earlier, he would have not made it in the NBA … because people would have “put a limit or cap on my abilities.”

The former 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft has played 9 seasons in the league … suiting up for the Bulls, Bucks, Pistons, Hawks, Trail Blazers and Pelicans.

He currently plays for the G League’s Maine Celtics.

Now, Snell wants to use his journey to be a role model and inspire others … especially his son.

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