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Nuggets coach Karl readies for son's cancer surgery

4/1/2007 - NBA Denver Nuggets

SEATTLE -- George Karl welcomed having a game on Sunday
night to keep his mind from focusing solely on what will take place
Monday.

Karl will be in Boise, Idaho on Monday when his son, Coby, has
surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes.

The surgery will be the second in 13 months for Coby Karl, who
had his thyroid removed after being diagnosed with papillary
carcinoma, a form of treatable cancer. He also underwent
chemotherapy to try to kill off any remaining cancer cells shortly
after his surgery.

"I talked to him today. He's going to pick us up at the airport
tonight. I don't think we'll go out drinking beers tonight," Karl
said before Sunday night's game against Seattle. "We're ready for
the challenge. We've done it before. We're a family and we'll be
strong for him."

Karl has said there is a chance he will miss a couple of games
after the surgery is performed. The Nuggets play the Lakers on
Tuesday and in Sacramento on Wednesday.

The lymph node cancer was discovered in mid-January before the
Broncos played at Utah State. The younger Karl kept the diagnosis
private until after Boise State lost to New Mexico State in the WAC
tournament semifinals, ending the team's season.

Coby Karl led the Broncos with 14.8 points per game and was the
team leader in minutes played, assists and 3-pointers. Karl
finished his career third on Boise State's career scoring list with
1,698 points and is the school's career leader in games played, and
3-pointers made and attempted.

Coby Karl played in the NABC all-star game on Friday night in
Atlanta.