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Dan remains in a wheelchair from his May 26, 2019, stroke, convalescing over the winter in Florida, and has not been to a game since the stroke. The 59-year-old billionaire, mortgage and real-estate mogul and family patriarch has not been able to use the left side of his body during his few public appearances.
Cavs officials insist Dan remains in communication with his chief lieutenants, but how he does that has changed, and his absence, compared to how much he used to be involved with the Cavs, is a constant piece of chatter in NBA circles.
Now before we go any further, it’s important to consider the health component. Gilbert has been relegated to a wheelchair since his stroke last year, and those around him continue to stress he has a long, long road of recovery ahead. So, of course, his health likely played a factor in the business decision.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, still recovering from a stroke, is currently speaking on stage about his Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year HOF honor. He’s been cracking jokes: “We’re not going to raise a Cavs championship banner this year, so I’m excited about this.”
Chris Fedor: Gilbert, whose mind is still sharp and personality remains, has also mentioned Andre Drummond multiple times during his speech, which is mostly about Detroit, the city’s rise, leadership, relationships & culture. He’s been talking for about 25 minutes already and is still going.
I don’t think the NBA is concerned, but I believe the league and other owners had a lot of questions about the stability of ownership following Dan Gilbert’s stroke. Dan is on the mend and is scheduled to make a speaking appearance Friday in Detroit. That’s wonderful to hear. I’ve been extremely critical of his ownership style over the years, but I’m thrilled to know he’s doing better physically. But he still has a long, LONG way to go.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who is the Quicken Loans founder and chairman, is slowly returning to work eight months after he had a stroke. Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He’s there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named Cowboy. He also spends three or four hours a day working with physical and occupational therapists at his home.
“When you have a stroke, here’s the problem with it: Everything is hard. Everything,” Gilbert told Crain’s Detroit Business in his first interview since the stroke. “Like, you wake up, getting out of bed is hard, going to the bathroom is hard, sitting down eating at a table is hard. You name it. You don’t get a break. You’re, like, trapped in your own body.”
Gilbert said he had a blood clot in his carotid artery that was cutting off the blood supply to his brain. Doctors implanted seven stents inside his carotid artery to open the blood vessel. “If that artery was blocked more minutes than it was, it would have been much worse,” Gilbert said. Gilbert spent eight weeks at a rehabilitation center in Chicago last summer. He is able to walk with a cane but still struggles to move his left arm.
The highlight happened almost 24 hours earlier, when the Cavs spent a memorable afternoon visiting owner Dan Gilbert at his house in Franklin, Michigan. “Thought it was great,” Kevin Love told cleveland.com prior to Sunday’s game against Boston. “He seems to be in a lot better shape and his mind is really sharp. “I hope it meant a lot to him and his family that we went over there and guys will continue to keep in contact with him.”
Players were blown away. By the size of Gilbert’s house. By the basketball court he has in his gym — a replica of the Cavaliers’ title floor — where the team conducted a brief walkthrough. By Gilbert’s positive attitude, which came across in the speech he gave. Gilbert was also able to interact with players individually, some of whom he hadn’t been able to meet yet.
Tim Bontemps: The Cavs went and visited Dan Gilbert yesterday. Cavs coach John Beilein said in lieu of a practice, the team went through a walkthrough yesterday in the gym in Gilbert’s home.
The Cleveland Cavaliers bypassed a full practice Saturday afternoon, choosing instead to visit owner Dan Gilbert at his home about 20 miles outside Detroit, sources tell cleveland.com. Gilbert, who has been the Cavaliers’ chairman since 2005, continues to recover from a stroke suffered on May 26.
The Cavs played the Detroit Pistons in their second preseason game Friday night. Typically, the team will travel to its next destination — in this case Boston — immediately after the game. The Cavs play the Celtics Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. But instead of flying into Boston late Friday, the team stayed overnight in Detroit, getting one extra day in the city so they could check in on Gilbert, sources say.
In a sign of unity and support, the Cavs brought the whole team to Gilbert’s home in Franklin, Michigan. They even conducted a brief walkthrough since Gilbert has a full basketball court on his property. The visit also included lunch between the team and its owner. In the weeks leading up to the visit, Gilbert had been in touch with a few members of Cleveland’s front office. They wanted to not only see how Gilbert was doing, but make sure he’s in the loop on the team’s vision moving forward.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been home for nearly a week in Detroit as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered in May. Gilbert had spent the past two months in a rehabilitation center in Chicago. On Thursday, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner provided a brief update on the 57-year-old billionaire businessman.
“On Friday, Dan Gilbert returned to Detroit to continue his rehabilitation locally,” Farner said. “We are extremely thankful for all of the skilled medical professionals who have played a significant role in Dan’s recovery and are glad to have him back home.” Gilbert, who founded Quicken Loans, suffered the stroke on May 26 after he was taken to a hospital by a family friend. He was immediately taken into a surgery for a catheter-based procedure, which doctors have credited with being a key to his recovery.
Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert has returned to Michigan after spending the past two months at an out-of-state rehabilitation center following a stroke, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a statement Tuesday. “On Friday, Dan Gilbert returned to Detroit to continue his rehabilitation locally,” Farner wrote. “We are extremely thankful for all of the skilled medical professionals who have played a significant role in Dan’s recovery and are glad to have him back home.”
Chris Fedor: #Cavs update on Dan Gilbert: “Yesterday, Dan Gilbert was discharged from the hospital and will now continue focusing on his recovery at an in-patient rehabilitation center. Dan is eager to continue the progress he has made over the last several weeks.” Termed an “intensive” rehab
This is the first you’ve read on The Athletic of Gilbert’s May 26 stroke. As of Wednesday, he remained hospitalized in suburban Detroit. I haven’t had much to say about this because the details have been sparse. He suffered a significant stroke early that morning while at the hospital, he was awake the next day, and his recovery is going to take a while, is what we can gather from the statements released by Jay Farner, chief executive for Gilbert’s lucrative mortgage-lending company, Quicken Loans. Also, business as usual was to commence with the various company executives Gilbert has put in place at his companies within his multi-billion-dollar empire in charge. I want to try to provide a little context for what that means with the Cavs.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s recovery from a recent stroke will “take time,” according to Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner who released a statement with an update on Gilbert’s health Wednesday evening.
“Dan’s recovery is a process that will take time — but we are all confident that he will meet this challenge head on as he always does,” Farner wrote. “Dan and his family are beyond grateful for the thoughts and well wishes from so many people as they focus on Dan’s recovery.” Farner also said Gilbert has maintained his “strong sense of humor” during his recovery and Gilbert’s focus has stayed on constant improvement.
“We’re literally 72 hours from him having a stroke,” Emerson told the audience at the Grand Hotel. “He is awake, he is responsive. I saw him with my own eyes on Monday around noon. I talked with him. He knew I was there. He knew what I was talking about. I think this soon after that, he’s doing as well as he can be doing.”
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is “awake, responsive and resting comfortably” after suffering a stroke Sunday, according to a Jay Farner, the CEO of Quicken Loans, the company Gilbert founded and chairs. Farner said in a statement that Gilbert, 57, felt ill on Sunday and a friend took him to a Detroit-area hospital, where he suffered the stroke. Farner said Gilbert was taken in for a catheter-based procedure and was moved to recovery in the ICU.
Detroit business mogul Dan Gilbert was hospitalized early Sunday after suffering symptoms of a stroke. Gilbert, 57, is founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and a significant owner of downtown Detroit real estate. He was admitted to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital early Sunday morning.
“He received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably,” said a statement issued by the Quicken Loans family of companies following inquiries from The News. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Dan for a speedy recovery.”
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