Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized but is in good spirits as he continues his recovery from a stroke, the organization said Wednesday.
After not feeling well, Gilbert, 57, was taken to a Detroit-area hospital May 26 by a friend. Gilbert had the stroke while getting medical care, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a statement the following day.
“Dan Gilbert and his family are beyond grateful for the thoughts and well wishes from so many people as they focus on Dan’s recovery,” Farner said in another statement released Wednesday.
“Dan’s family is happy to share that he maintains his strong sense of humor and focus on constant improvement. In fact, a few days ago, Dan requested his favorite beverage. When the hospital staff informed him they were not able to provide it, in the humorous tone Dan is known for, he insisted that a review of the hospital’s beverage best-practices be completed.”
After suffering the stroke, Gilbert was taken for a catheter-based procedure and then moved to recovery in an intensive care unit. The next day, Farner said Gilbert was “awake, responsive and resting comfortably.”
Gilbert bought the Cavs in 2005. He also owns Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, and has numerous other business ventures in Ohio and his native Michigan.
The Cavs have reached the NBA Finals five times and won one championship in Gilbert’s tenure, but none without LeBron James on the roster.
Cleveland is coming off a
19-63 season and held an introductory press conference for new coach John Beilein on May 21. Gilbert introduced Beilein at the event, held five days before he was hospitalized.
“To be clear, 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 said.