“Dan is awake, responsive and resting comfortably,” Jay Farner, the CEO of Quicken Loans, said in a statement on Monday, via ESPN. “Dan and his family are immensely grateful to the doctors and nurses whose early intervention is already paying dividends toward his recovery. We will update the public as additional details become known.”
Gilbert, who is originally from Detroit, bought the Cavaliers in 2005. Under his ownership, Cleveland has made five NBA Finals and won the franchises first title in 2016. He also owns numerous other local sports franchises, including the AHLs Cleveland Monsters, Arena Football Leagues Cleveland Gladiators and NBA G Leagues Canton Charge.
It was reported on Sunday that Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner/chairman Dan Gilbert was hospitalized due to stroke symptoms (courtesy of the Detroit News’ Kim Kozlowski and Nolan Finley), and that was awful news, especially considering the impact that Gilbert has had on so many, and in the Detroit and Cleveland areas in particular.
Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, and has plenty of other businesses and real estate ventures, and as we’ve highlighted countless times, fans of the Cavaliers and members of the front office/the players seem so grateful for his willingness to spend to help his team in both contending and rebuilding scenarios.
Gilbert has been the Cavaliers majority owner since March 2005. Cleveland has won five Eastern Conference championships under Gilbert.
With him being only 57, this really was a shock, as Gilbert appeared to be in good health, while also being as hard-working as it gets.
Here’s what happened, according to a statement from Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner (h/t Basketball Insiders’ Spencer Davies).
“Dan was not feeling well Sunday morning so he was taken to the hospital by a family friend. While under care at the hospital, he suffered a stroke and was immediately taken in for a catheter-based procedure, then moved to recovery in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dan is awake, responsive and resting comfortably. Dan and his family are immensely grateful to the doctors and nurses whose early intervention is already paying dividends toward his recovery.”
Hopefully his family can get through this in due time, and at least for now in a positive light, he is in recovering and seems to be getting valuable rest.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert awake after stroke, Quicken Loans CEO says
As the aforementioned Kozlowski and Finley noted, Gilbert’s family also has an ever-tough situation with their oldest son Nick, (who is 23) who was “born with neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow in nerves throughout the body.”
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert suffers stroke, remains in hospital
Kozlowski and Finley would go on to mention how Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, “have $64 million” to help research efforts to find a cure/treatment for his son’s disorder.
In regards to the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it has to be ever-difficult for the organization, both from the basketball and of course, business side of things.
Video: Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner discusses Dan Gilberts condition
Cleveland’s general manager Koby Altman is amid a crucial offseason, and this news is just as tough for new Cavaliers head coach John Beilein, who is 66, and recently underwent successful heart surgery last year (h/t NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster).
The team’s players and coaching staff, along with so many others involved are assuredly feeling the lingering effect of this unfortunate news, too.
It was nice to see Cavs young point guard Collin Sexton tweet out support of a full recovery for the team’s owner and the Gilbert family, and also Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.
We wish Dan Gilbert a speedy recovery and hope his family gets through this over time, and hope Nick Gilbert is doing as well as he can be.
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