The Utah Jazz announced today that they have signed a five year old Cancer patient to a one day contract.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed five-year-old free agent guard JP Gibson to a one-day contract. Per team policy, financial terms were not released.
Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, will be in uniform and join the Jazz on the bench for tonight's open scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena. He will sign his contract with Jazz President Randy Rigby at 5:30 p.m. in the Jazz interview room (Room 145), adjacent to the locker room. JP will be joined by his parents, Josh and Megan, and his two-year-old sister Elsie. The family resides in Layton.
"JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite," said Megan Gibson. "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 Gibson family is being hosted by the Utah Jazz and the "Anything Can Be" project, which is a part of the Millie's Princess Foundation, dedicated to providing financial support and hope to families affected by childhood cancer. Photographer Jon Diaz, who is chronicling Gibson's Jazz experience, asks children with cancer what their dream is, and he creates it in a storybook with the click of a camera and the magic of technology.
This brings the team roster up to 20, but really. It's a nice move to bring some good karma back; but as one of the only people who understand Karma in Jazz-land (as a Hindu), you also LOSE a lot of good Karma by cutting a 5 yr old cancer patient from the team as well.
Still though, it's a nice gesture from a team that went out of its' way to alienate fans the last few years. As for little JP, well, ALL is usually something that most children (under the age of five) are able to recover from with the normative treatment options. So in the future he may grow up to actually be on the team, two decades from now.
That's truly an "anything can be" moment in Jazz history.