Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  19 responses

Dan Gilbert’s 14-Year Old Son to Represent Cavs at Draft Lottery

It’s actually a neat little story, as Gilbert’s son Nick will be in Secaucus next week to see if he can bring Cleveland some badly-needed luck. The Akron Beacon Journal reports: “Nick Gilbert, the 14-year-old son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, will represent the Cavs on stage at the NBA Draft lottery Tuesday in Secaucus, N.J. Nick is the 2011 National Children’s Tumor Foundation Ambassador. The CTF is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than one in 3,000 children born with Neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. Nick was born with NF and has endured brain surgery, the loss of vision in one eye and four rounds of chemotherapy. ‘We talk a lot about heroes in sports, but sometimes we overlook the heroes that are in front of us every day,’ Dan Gilbert said. ‘Nick has never complained a single time about the bad card he was dealt, and instead, chooses to focus on all that is good and exciting around him. He is an example of perseverance, determination and life the way it should be lived. Nick is my personal hero.’ Next Tuesday is also NF Awareness Day. Fans can donate $10 to support the fight against NF by texting CTF to 20222. The Cavs and Dan Gilbert will match dollar for dollar all funds raised for CTF from now through the lottery.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    dont like Dan Gilbert but this is cool

  • Yesse

    He couldn’t afford to get anybody else there and he was too busy.

  • http://lakers.com stu

    Yesse, you’re a classless dog.

  • irondan21

    Stfu stu. Dan Gilbert is the classless dog. And pity doesn’t win u the lottery, leave the boy at home.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That is a heavy burden to bear.

  • 1982

    Nice job as a dad. Still a douche.

  • duckas

    Looks like the guy has gone completely mad, bring your dog next time jackass

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Some of y’all are just dead wrong.
    Regardless of how you may feel about Dan Gilbert as the owner of the Cavs, you can you fail to see that this is a wonderful thing for him to do?
    Not only is it a nice opportunity for the young boy, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about his condition and the foundation.
    Hopefully none of you ever have to know what it’s like to have a child with a horrible medical condition.
    And try to learn how to seperate the lines between sports and real life issues.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Rigo: well said. It’s a great move as a father, good for donations to a worthy cause, and already has more people aware of a difficult condition. If you want to slander the father, do it on another thread.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    good post, Rigo.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s actually a really moving story. He’s doing a great thing here. I hope his son has a blast, and best of luck to the CTF.

  • Biggest Trail Blazer Fan

    Really cool story. Sounds like he is well deserving. Can’t wait till the draft. Go Blazers!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    This is great way to bring more awareness to a cause. I always like it when sports/athletes/celebs of any kind use these types of opportunities to do something good for others or create more awareness. It’s easy to look at Dan Gilbert as ‘just’ a multi-millionaire owner who wrote a nasty letter. But that doesn’t define who he is, because in his ‘real’, everyday life he’s a father who is doing his best for his son and trying to create a increased awareness. Bravo!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Good move. Teams should do this more often instead of sending their good luck charms.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    This is such a good move from Dan Gilbert’s side to raise awareness for such a cause. I’ll defintely be donating. Alot of admiration for young Nick Gilbert too. That being said, Dan Gilbert may be a good human being but on slamonline.com, he’s a douche of a GM.

  • blah blah

    Jono, he’s not a GM, he’s the owner.

  • Dana

    Some of you guys here are just horrible…I work at a cancer hospital as a physical therapist, and trust me, all patients want is to bring more awareness so that they can give hope to others who may be in similar situations. I don’t care about Dan, but I commend his son for having the courage as a teenager to step out there and do this.

  • Colleen

    I think this is awesome what they are doing. My 3 yr old also suffers from NF and there is not enough research money out there. Although she is doing well and as none of the serious issues that Dan Gilbert’s son has, it is a life of unknowns. Nice way to support the CTF

  • Blake

    you guys are all class less dogs i am good friends with nick and i have watched him go through every round of chemo, he loves this team more than anybody u all should rot in hell