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NEWS OF THE MORNING
No. 1: Karl to have cancer-related prodedure — Twice already in his life, Sacramento Kings coach George Karl has stared down cancer and come out victorious over it. The coach has a third round of the disease to deal with, writes Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, after Karl revealed after last night’s home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that he is due to have a procedure on his throat today:
Karl, a two-time cancer survivor, addressed his health in an interview with The Bee after Wednesday’s 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Sleep Train Arena. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and with treatable neck and throat cancer in 2010.
“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.”
“Coach told me the other day,” Divac said. “I told him to take as much time as he needs. … We probably won’t know the results for a couple days.”
Divac had told Karl before the season if he ever needed to take time to rest that would be OK; that discussion was not related to cancer.
Divac reiterated the team would not rush Karl back.
“He doesn’t know how long (the procedure is) going to take, whether it’s one hour, two hours, three hours,” Divac said. “We have practice, and I told him, ‘I’ll be there. You have to just do your thing, and if you need more time, don’t worry about it, I’ll take care of it.’ ”
Karl has missed just one game this season. He did not coach the Kings’ loss at New Orleans on Jan. 28 due to food poisoning.
The Kings host the Orlando Magic on Friday night and the Utah Jazz on Sunday.