Son of Nuggets coach to have surgery to treat cancer

Updated: March 20, 2007, 1:17 AM ET
Associated Press

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

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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.

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