Jazz sign 5-year-old with leukemia for scrimmage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz signed a 5-year-old boy with leukemia to a one-day contract for a special scrimmage on Monday night.

JP Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, signed his contract with Jazz President Randy Rigby before joining the team in uniform for the annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.

JP was joined by his parents, Josh and Megan, and his 2-year-old sister, Elsie. The family was hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz’s ”Anything Can Be” project that creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes.

JP, wearing a No. 1 jersey, even got to play in the scrimmage. He was passed the ball and dribbled into the lane, where center Rudy Gobert lifted him up so he could dunk and slap hands with some players as fans roared.