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Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:05 pm
SAN ANTONIO – Through all the drama that has unfolded, one innocent but heavily invested bystander has never wavered. George Karl, his mind as sharp as ever and his body getting stronger every day, has been the glue that has so far kept the Denver Nuggets from completely imploding during this never-ending nightmare over Carmelo Anthony’s future. 

While power-brokers work the back channels and Anthony gives increasingly mixed signals about what he wants and when he wants it, Karl has stood alone as the Nuggets’ best hope to emerge on the other side of whatever resolution is coming as a basketball team with a steady, unflinching leader. 

And so as the complicated trade talks continued to unfold pending Anthony’s final answer as to whether he will agree to a contract extension with the Nets, a far more important piece of news went unnoticed. Karl underwent his scheduled CT scan recently, and the news was good. 

“I passed,” Karl told Sunday night. “I got a good report.” 

It was the second CT scan that came back cancer-free after Karl underwent treatment last season for throat and neck cancer. For Karl, as with all cancer survivors, there will be more hurdles to clear. But this was an important one. 

Far more important than the issues swirling around the team that are making Karl’s job as coach of the Nuggets increasingly difficult by the day. 

“We’ve just got to keep our focus, keep fighting through our drama and hopefully take the last three games and build upon them in a positive way,” Karl said prior to Denver’s three-game winning streak being snapped with a 110-97 loss to the Spurs

Part of Karl’s job has become counseling members of a fragile locker room about where the team is headed with the Anthony saga hanging over it. 

"I’ve had five or 10 minute conversations with about four or five guys,” Karl said. “I’d rather keep that just between us. I think Masai (Ujiri) and Josh (Kroenke) have done a good job with maybe the bigger players. I try to check in with everybody about once a week. I would say right now, somehow we got the funk out after the New Orleans game. We kind of had a coming to Jesus meeting and a little bit of, ‘We get paid to win. We don’t get paid to complain, gripe, and groan. We get paid to win games.’ The hand you’re dealt sometimes isn’t the best hand, but sometimes you can make it work.” 

Spoken like a man with bigger concerns than who’s getting traded or getting a contract extension. As the Anthony drama continues to close in on his locker room, Karl just keeps coaching – and keeps beating the cancer milestones one at a time.
Category: NBA

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:22 am

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

I"m happy that George is cancer free. Now would be a good time for him to get some rest and step down as the coach of the Denver Nuggets.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:19 am

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

Congratulations coach Karl, now please step down, your best years are behind you.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:15 am

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

Nice try Berger, using Karl's cancer to try to get an inside slant on the Melodrama you've created, you dirty dog you.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:14 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

This is great news. I always have liked and respected Coach Karl. Even when he was coaching the Supersonic vs my Bulls in the Finals back in the day, I knew he was a great coach. I hate to see anyone get sick and pass on before their time. Heres to a long and cancer-free life for CK.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:43 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

It is wonderful news to hear that Coach Karl passed another test.  And like everyone else, I hope that the reports continue to be positive.  In the world of cancer treatment, too often the medical establishment wants to proclaim 'victory' when the symptoms are gone......and way too often it's just the symptoms that are gone.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:53 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

Great news Coach!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:35 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

I have nothing but respect for George Karl Denver Nuggets head coach. To beat cancer once is a feat in itself but he has beat it twice that is amazing congratulations to George Karl. This is important life and death and how fragile life is.
Carmello Anthony needs to stop his crying and play basket ball the Nets and Knicks have pulled out . The Nuggets have been good to Anthony and he is very well paid for his services. Playing in another city is a moot point Play for the Nuggets this year and the contracts will take care of them selves.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:47 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

So happy for George. I lived in Seattle during his era there and he added so much excitement in that time. His clash with Wally Walker was Walker's fault. He never should have been forced in a position to be fire. But that's all in the past. Just so happy George has cleared this hurdle and that he lives a long, full life. George Karl is not only a great coach. He's also a class act.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:26 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle


Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:25 pm

Cancer-free Karl clears another hurdle

Nothing you can really at to the story.  Karl is a class act, always has been.  Being a Cleveland fan I can say I really wished we had a guy like him on board to handle the post-Lebron era (not a slam on Scott, he walked into the flaming bag of dog-poo).  Karl is worth 5 'Melos, and whatever happens in Denver he will have a team that competes and takes pride in being National Association Basketball players.  Tip of the cap to you sir.

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