In a pre-season move that will bring a smile to anyone’s face, the NBA’s Utah Jazz handed a special one-day contract to a five-year-old basketball prodigy named JP Gibson before Monday night’s scrimmage.
Gibson is an avid basketball fan and loves the Jazz. In 2012, he was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, and has since been battling his cancer.
As part of photographer Jon Diaz's"Anything Can Be" campaign, which revolves around young cancer patients, the Utah Jazz on Monday offered Gibson a contract, which he appropriately signed with a crayon.
A few hours later, he laced up and was given a chance to showcase his talents against the Jazz’s NBA squad. Having met the Jazz’s owner Gail Miller and coach Quin Snyder, Gibson replaced ToureMurry on the court.
He latched onto an inbound pass, worked his way past the defense of Dante Exum, evaded a steal attempt from Steve Novak and soared for highflying slam dunk – albeit a bit of help from Rudy Gobert.
In one quick motion the kid PG thrilled the crowd, and all the players rushed towards him for high fives. Check this out:
Here is SportsBeat’s package on Gibson, his incredible Utah Jazz debut and his illness: