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Son of Nuggets coach to have surgery to treat cancer

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State basketball player Coby Karl, the
son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, will undergo surgery to
treat cancer next month.

The school announced Monday that Karl would have cancerous lymph
nodes removed April 2. It will be the second surgery in 13 months
for Karl, who had his thyroid removed last March 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.

Karl, a senior, is scheduled to play in the NABC All-Star game
in Atlanta on March 31, then return to Boise for surgery.

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

The diagnosis didn't bother Karl on the court. He 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
the school's all-time leader in games played, and 3-pointers made
and attempted.

Karl declared for last year's NBA draft and worked out for three
teams, including the Denver Nuggets, coached by his father. He
eventually withdrew his name from the draft and returned to Boise
State for his senior season.