NBA Team Signs 5 Year-Old Fighting Cancer, Lets Him Slam Dunk In Game

October 8, 2014

On October 6, 2014 the Utah Jazz signed their youngest player ever to a one-day contract.

Jass sign boy with cancer contract
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JP Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, signed his contract with the Jazz and was in uniform for their opening night scrimmage.

JP and his family were hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz's "Anything Can Be" project, which creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes.

JP even got to play in the game. Watch as he inbounds a pass, dribbles down the court, and slam dunks for the score!

"JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite," his mother, Megan Gibson, said. "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."


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