5-year-old battling leukemia suits up for NBA team

Oct 7, 2014 4:14 PM by NBC News

The newest acquisition for the Utah Jazz is a 4-foot-tall shooting guard who signed his contract with a purple crayon - and had fans on their feet Monday night.

JP Gibson, 5, has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2012, but the Utah boy was able to forget all about that as he took the court at EnergySolutions Arena during a team scrimmage after signing a one-day contract on Monday.

"JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite," his mother, Megan Gibson, told the Salt Lake City Tribune. "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 6 before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can't wait until he's 6."

Wearing his green No. 1 Jazz jersey and a black wristband, JP showed off a killer crossover dribble and ran the pick-and-roll like he was Jazz legend John Stockton. He even threw down a dunk (with a little help from Jazz center Rudy Gobert).


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