UPDATE: The newest Jazz man got to play in Utah’s scrimmage and throw down a dunk with the help of the players
The Utah Jazz just got another guard in 5-year-old JP Gibson thanks to the “Anything Can Be” project. The team signed the boy who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012 and will be in uniform with the team for Monday night’s scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gibson will sign his one-day contract an hour before tipoff. The “Anything Can Be” is a part of Millie’s Princess Foundation which is dedicated to giving financial support and hope to families affected by childhood cancer.
“JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite,” said Gibson’s mother, Megan. “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 [youth basketball], and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s six.”
Until then he’ll have to settle for being on the real Utah Jazz.