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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert 'resting comfortably' after being hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was hospitalized in suburban Detroit Sunday with stroke-like symptoms.
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert reportedly was hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms in suburban Detroit Sunday, May 26, 2019.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms, WKYC confirmed late Sunday.

According to The Detroit News, Gilbert was admitted to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital early Sunday morning, but the details of the diagnosis remained confidential.

“Early this morning, Dan Gilbert sought care at a local hospital after experiencing stroke-like symptoms,” the Cavaliers told WKYC in a statement. “He received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Dan for a speedy recovery.

“The Gilbert family respectfully requests privacy at this time.”

In addition to ownership of the Cavaliers, Gilbert, 57, is the founder of Quicken Loans, as well as owner of real estate in Detroit and the JACK Casino in Cleveland, among other ventures.

Gilbert purchased majority ownership in the Cavaliers during the 2005 offseason, and had arguably the best run of success in franchise history from 2014-2018.

During that four-year stretch, the Cavaliers made four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, won four straight Central Division titles, a first in franchise history, and had four 50-win seasons, also a first for the organization.

Additionally, the Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship in historic come-from-behind fashion against the record-setting Golden State Warriors in The Finals.

Along with the 2014-2018 run, the Cavaliers made five straight trips to the postseason from 2006-2010, including appearances in two Eastern Conference Finals series against the Detroit Pistons and The Finals in 2007. During the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons, the Cavaliers posted 66 and 61 wins, respectively.

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question about Kyrie Irving's demand to be traded during a news conference at the Cavaliers training facility in Independence, Ohio on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Prior to 2009, the Cavaliers’ previous high for wins was 57, which they reached during the 1988-1989 and 1991-1992 seasons.

Through Gilbert’s business and political efforts, the Cavaliers secured funding for major renovations to Quicken Loans Arena. The two-year project, which is being completed this summer, resulted in a new front façade on the north, east and west sides of The Q, now known as Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, as well as wider corridors inside the facility and several other improvements and upgrades.

Also, Gilbert helped secure the rights to host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

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