Sacramento Kings coach George Karl is a cancer survivor, having undergone prostate cancer surgery in 2005 prior to coming back from a frightening bout of throat and neck cancer while coach of the Denver Nuggets in 2010.
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This makes Wednesday night’s news all the more unsettling.
Karl will have “a medical procedure related to cancer on Thursday,” according to the Sacramento Bee, and miss that day’s Kings practice.
Karl revealed as much after his team lost to the Cavaliers late Wednesday. From Jason Jones at the Bee:
“I’m having a procedure for a cancer in my throat,” Karl said.
When asked if the procedure was serious, Karl said “no” twice.
When Kings general manager Vlade Divac was asked if he was concerned about Karl, he said “of course, of course.”
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“Coach told me the other day,” Divac said. “I told him to take as much time as he needs. … We probably