– AT THE AGE OF FIVE,
OUR NEXT GUEST HAS BEEN BATTLING LEUKEMIA
FOR HALF OF HIS LIFE, BUT LAST WEEK,
SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED. TAKE A LOOK. – JP GIBSON
IS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE UTAH JAZZ TEAM
FOR THE DAY. – JP, HOW MANY POINTS
ARE YOU GONNA SCORE TONIGHT? – UM, SEVEN. [laughter] – I DON’T THINK
THERE ARE WORDS TO EXPRESS– I MEAN, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL. – [singing]
YEAH, YOU CAN BE THE GREATEST YOU CAN BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE THE KING KONG
BANGING ON YOUR CHEST – JP GIBSON
HAS COME INTO THE GAME. INBOUND TO JP. HERE HE COMES. WORKING THROUGH THE BIG MEN. NOVAK MISSES ON THE STEAL. HE GOES BY EXUM. GOBERT IS THERE. HE SLIDES BY GOBERT. HE RISES TO THE RIM
AND HAMMERS! JP GIBSON WITH A TWO-HAND FLUSH! – [singing]
AND YOU’LL BE ON THE WALLS OF THE HALL OF FAME [applause] – FROM LAYTON, UTAH,
PLEASE WELCOME FIVE-YEAR OLD JP GIBSON
AND HIS PARENTS MEGAN AND JOSH. HELLO, YOU THREE.
HOW ARE YOU? – WE’RE GREAT.
– GREAT. – IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU, JP. – THANKS.
– THANKS FOR BEING HERE. I LIKE YOUR OUTFIT TOO. THAT’S REALLY GREAT.
– THANKS. – WELL, THERE’S TWO THINGS
THAT ARE CONSISTENT IN OUR HOUSEHOLD IS–
FIRST THING THAT HAPPENS WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK IS,
I GET A BIG HUG FROM JP, AND NUMBER TWO IS,
MY WIFE’S WATCHING YOUR SHOW. SO THOSE ARE THE CONSISTENT–
– THOSE ARE THE CONSTANTS? – YEAH.
– IT’S TRUE. NO. YOU HAVE MADE
A LOT OF BAD DAYS BRIGHT, SO… – OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THAT MAKES ME FEEL
VERY, VERY HAPPY. [cheers and applause] – THANK YOU.
– THANK YOU. SO THIS–I MEAN,
WATCHING THAT VIDEO OF JP PLAYING
WITH THESE NBA PLAYERS, HOW WAS THAT–
HOW DID THAT FEEL? – IT’S–OH.
– UM… – DID YOU LIKE IT, JP?
DID YOU HAVE FUN? – YEAH.
– YEAH. AND YOU MADE A REALLY GOOD DUNK
RIGHT THERE TOO, DIDN’T YOU. – YEAH.
– YEAH. – YOU KNOW, AS A PARENT,
JUST WATCHING THAT, IT’S AMAZING. HIS CONFIDENCE THAT HE HAD
IS JUST LIKE WE WERE PLAYING HOOPS
AT THE HOUSE, AND HE BEATS ME
EVERY TIME TOO. AND IT’S JUST KIND OF
HOW HE HANDLES LIFE WITH HIS–YOU KNOW, BATTLING HIS CANCER
AND GETTING CHEMO. HE’S ALWAYS SO POSITIVE,
AND HE’S A ROCK, AND HE’S MY LITTLE HERO. – YEAH, I WOULD THINK
THAT THAT WOULD BE THE HARDEST THING TO DEAL WITH
AS PARENTS, YOU KNOW. IT’S HARD ENOUGH
TO RAISE A CHILD, BUT THEN TO BE FIGHTING
SOMETHING LIKE THIS. AND IF I CAN BE
A TINY BRIGHT SPOT IN YOUR DAY, THEN MY LIFE IS WORTHWHILE. I’M GLAD THAT I CAN HELP YOU
IN ANY WAY. NOW, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE
WHEN YOU GROW UP, JP? – A JAZZ PLAYER. – YOU’RE GONNA PLAY–
A JAZZ PLAYER? THAT’S GREAT.
– ANYTHING ELSE? – A UTES PLAYER
AND A GIANTS PLAYERS AND A BRAVES PLAYER. [laughter] – SO THAT WAS THE UTES,
THE GIANTS, THE BRAVES. – OKAY.
– ANYTHING ELSE? – AND A SOCCER PLAYER.
– AND A SOCCER PLAYER. – WHAT ABOUT
YOUR FAVORITE SHOW– BESIDES “ELLEN,” SO… – YEAH. – “AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR”
AND “WIPEOUT.” – “AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR.” – OH, YOU’RE GONNA– YOU’RE GONNA BE VERY BUSY. YOU’RE GONNA HAVE SO MUCH– – CANCER’S NOT GONNA STOP HIM. – NO, NO, OF COURSE NOT. NOT WHEN YOU HAVE BIG PLANS
LIKE THAT. WE HAVE SOME BASKETBALLS
OVER HERE, AND WE THOUGHT
WE’D SHOOT SOME HOOPS, BUT WE PROBABLY NEED
SOME PLAYERS, RIGHT? WE NEED SOMEBODY TO HELP US.
– MAYBE. – SO FROM THE UTAH JAZZ,
PLEASE WELCOME JP’S FAVORITE PLAYERS,
GORDON HAYWARD AND DERRICK FAVORS. [cheers and applause] – [singing]
I’M COMING HOME I’M COMING HOME TELL THE WORLD I’M COMING HOME LET THE RAIN WASH AWAY – OH, MY GOD. HEY.
– HOW YOU DOING? HOW YOU DOING? I’M DERRICK.
HOW YOU DOING? – WHAT A SURPRISE.
– HOW YOU DOING? – THANK YOU FOR COMING.
– HI. HOW ARE YOU? – IS THAT AWESOME?
– I’M GOOD. – WHAT’S UP, JP?
– LET’S GO SHOOT SOME HOOPS. – WHAT’S UP, MAN?
– HOW YOU DOING? – HOW ARE YOU?
– I’M DOING GOOD. – HEY, THANK YOU FROM COMING.
– YES. – OH, MY GOSH.
– GO PLAY. – ALL RIGHT,
SO WE’LL HEAD ON DOWN HERE. – GO ON, BUDDY. – WE MIGHT SHOOT SOME HOOPS
DOWN HERE, OKAY? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS, JP?
GOOD? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JP?
– YEAH. – HOW ‘BOUT HIM?
– HE’S A WONDERFUL KID, MAN. – COME ON IN HERE. – YOU KNOW, WHEN I HEARD
ABOUT HIS STORY, YOU KNOW, IT GAVE ME
SO MUCH STRENGTH AND SO MUCH INSPIRATION, MAN. YOU KNOW, I’M SORRY TO HEAR
WHAT HE GOING THROUGH, BUT, YOU KNOW,
HE’S A GREAT KID– STRONG KID AND BRAVE PERSON,
MAN. I’M PROUD OF HIM.
– YEAH. AND HE’S GONNA GROW INTO
THAT UNIFORM. I HAVE A FEELING
HE’S GONNA KEEP GROWING… [laughter] AND HE’S GONNA GROW INTO IT AND BE YOUR HEIGHT ONE DAY AND BE PLAYING, I HOPE. – YEAH, HOPEFULLY.
– YEAH. ALL RIGHT, WELL, I KNOW
THAT A LOT OF THE MONEY HAS GONE TO MEDICAL BILLS,
AND SHUTTERFLY WANTS TO HELP PEOPLE SHARE LIFE’S JOY, SO THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE GIFT OF $10,000. [cheers and applause] – OH, MY GOD. – ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US. – OH, MY GOSH, THANK YOU. – AND YOU PROBABLY WANT TO THROW A BASKETBALL OR SOMETHING. HE’S LIKE, “WHAT’S GOING ON?” [laughter] “THIS IS SO BORING.” LOOK, $10,000.
THAT’S ALL RIGHT THERE. – IS THAT COOL? [laughter] – ALL RIGHT,
WE HAVE ANOTHER GIFT. WE HAVE SEASONS TICKETS ALSO
TO THE JAZZ FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. [cheers and applause] A BUNCH OF COOL STUFF. – IS THAT AWESOME?

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