Denver Nuggets’ George Karl Has Cancer, but Hopes To Continue Coaching

February 17th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »

As the Nuggets sit in second position in the West and are primed to make a real run at the NBA Championship, a variable in the equation was discovered today—head coach George Karl’s health.

Karl announced to his team before their practice Tuesday that he’s been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. The first was prostate cancer in 2005 that he has fully recovered from; this time around it is a variation of neck and throat cancer.

Karl called a press conference at 7 p.m. MT and described not only what he’s going through but what will happen in the coming weeks for his team.

Karl, visibly shaken, started by saying, “About six weeks ago, doctors found a lump on my neck. It’s been diagnosed as neck and throat cancer. I informed my team today.

"My desire is to do whatever I can to stay with my team throughout the treatment that I have to go through. The treatment began today. In general, it’s a six-week treatment.”

And even in the face of hearing about having cancer, George Karl’s ...

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