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5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Signs One-Day NBA Contract and Dunks in Scrimmage

The Utah Jazz aren’t considered one of the more popular franchises in the NBA, but the team’s good deed Monday night has surely earned them a few more fans across the globe.

The story starts with five-year old Jazz fan JP Gibson. The youngster was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2012. Gibson is also huge basketball fan, according to his parents.

“JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite,” said Megan Gibson, JP’s mother told UtahJazz.com. “When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband Josh watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old. He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s six.”


The Jazz franchise heard about Gibson’s story and worked to make his dream of suiting up for the team a reality.

First, the Jazz announced in a press release that they had signed Gibson, who they called “free agent guard” to a one-day contract Monday afternoon. The little guy signed his contract before a Utah scrimmage at Energy Solutions Arena held in front of season ticket holders.

After signing, Gibson dressed with his new teammates and sat on the Utah bench, before getting his chance on the floor midway through the scrimmage. The video says the rest.

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