MILWAUKEE – George Karl doesn’t exactly need more real-world perspective forced on his work in what old newspaper scribblers used to call the toy department of life. He has battled cancer. His dear coaching friend, Rick Majerus, passed away in December. Karl is a 61-year-old man who has rocked and rolled with life’s highs and lows.
But he still paused Monday evening before his Denver Nuggets faced the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and reflected on the horrible news out of Boston.
“When things like that happen, we all get a little scared,” the Nuggets coach said. “Security is a big part of life. It’s like what happened in Denver with that movie theater [the Aurora theater shootings in July]. And the danger now – every time I walk in a movie theater there’s a flashback or a subconscious feeling that nothing is safe anymore.”
That is the point, after all, of randomly targeting innocent people. People who dreamed and planned about running or attending the Boston Marathon for years in some cases, Karl said, and – for those who survived it – never will feel the same again.
“When things like that happen, we think, ‘What’s going to be next? Is there more than just one?’ It’s a heavy day for our country,” Karl said. “Our country is learning to deal with these things. A lot of countries around the world have had them more often than we have.
“To me, it’s the eeriness of being insecure. Now life is not as confidently secure as it has been in the past.”