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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.

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.

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.

“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.”

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.
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