Utah Jazz newest signing, 5-year-old JP Gibson shines in debut

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

The Utah Jazz held their White and Blue open scrimmage Monday night and fans got their first look at the team's newest signing, J.P. Gibson, a talent so electrifying he defied convention and entered the league straight out of pre-school.

Gibson did not disappoint fans when he finally entered the game towards the end of the third quarter, showcasing his other-worldly ballhandling skills as he brought the rock upcourt before slicing through the defense for a thunderous dunk.

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The point guard's talents are not constrained only to basketball though, as he also took the crown at the pregame rookie dance-off over fellow first-timers Dante Exum and Rodney Hood.

When asked why he loved playing for his new team, Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, responded, "because they are awesome," which is as good an answer as any rookie can give.

Brendan Maloy

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