UPDATE: Ric Bucher reports tonight on ESPN.com that George Karl has contracted “treatable” throat cancer:
A biopsy determined that it was “very treatable and curable” form of throat cancer, Karl said, but it will still require an intense program of radiation and chemotherapy that will probably force him to miss some regular-season games.
Treatment will consist of 35 sessions over the next six weeks. The sessions are expected to leave his throat extremely raw, requiring him to be fed through his stomach in the final weeks. “Keeping up your nutrition is a big part of the challenge,” he said.
“I’m starting the treatments now in hopes I’ll be ready to go once the playoffs start,” he said.
UPDATE: NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports “Nuggets Coach George Karl will announce that he is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer, not in prostate. Karl will continue to coach team while receiving treatments, but will miss some games later in the season.”
More from KUSA-TV in Denver:
Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl will miss several games because of a medical issue, 9NEWS has learned.
Karl will inform his players tonight that he has a serious illness and needs to leave the team for an undetermined amount of time.
The 58-year-old underwent surgery for prostate cancer in July 2005. A year later, his son Coby had a cancerous tumor in his thryroid removed.
Adrian Dantley is expected to take over in Karl’s absence. The Nuggets will have a presser at 7p MT to make the official announcement.