Five-year-old J.P. Gibson joined the Jazz at a scrimmage on Monday as part of a program that grants wishes to children fighting cancer

By Drew Mackie
Updated October 09, 2014 06:00 AM

Toward the end of a Utah Jazz scrimmage on Monday, the team’s newest, youngest, shortest player strode onto the court. Five-year-old J.P. Gibson received a standing ovation for his short time on the court, and he even scored a slam dunk – with some assistance from center Rudy Gobert.

Gibson, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2012, realized his dream of joining his favorite team thanks to Anything Can Be, a Make a Wish-style project that helps children fighting cancer.

According to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, the “free agent” signed his contract with a purple crayon.

J.P.’s father, Josh Gibson, told the newspaper that the event was more than he or his family could have hoped for. “We had no clue anything like this was going to happen. We just thought a little quick picture and [we’d] be done,” he was quoted as saying. “The Jazz have been great at making this dream come true.”

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