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George Karl, His Story and Why He Deserves the ESPY Award

Written by: on 15th July 2010 |
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NBA Coach, George Karl Receives ESPY’s Jimmy V Perseverance Award – George Carl was the coach of the Denver Nuggets. He was a coach that knows no quiting and gives everything in the sidelines for his team. In the past months and years, George Karl had battled cancer and despite the hardships he remains stronger than before.

“As someone who has gone through four bouts with cancer, there’s an individual challenge and then there’s the family challenge. You have to have your family support you, and I have an incredible family,” says George Karl during his acceptance speech.

Karl says he hopes that the government will increase its support and assistance to the victims of cancer because he says undergoing treatment was not easy physically, mentally and financially.

George Karl will be going back to the NBA this 2010-2011 Season. He is about 40 pounds lighter but Karl says he is ready to be back into the grind of basketball, with the late hours, the constant yelling, the incessant travel.

He still suffers from having sores in his mouth and has a feeding tube in his stomach. George Karl can eat smoothies and soups, and risotto, and some fruits, but not a lot more. Seeing him receive such an award is an upliftment to everyone who is battling cancer. This is a constant reminder for them not to lose hope but to continue to do their best.

George Karl’s coaching career began in 1983 but he had suffered from a series of winning, upsets and then being fired. In 2005 he returned to the NBA as the Head Coach of the Denver Nuggets. He lead the Nuggets to an unprecedented rim to the post season.

Despite being diagnosed to have a prostate cancer, Karl enjoyed a resurrection of his coaching career with the Nuggets. During the second half of the 2004 to 2005 season, he led the Nuggets to a 32-8 win-loss record.

On December 28, 2006, George Karl achieved the 800-win mark and became just the 12th coach in NBA history to reach this. And by December December 31, 2008, Karl reached 900 coaching career wins

The 2009-09 season was one of the best season for George Karl as he led the Nuggets together with Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony to a tied a franchise-best 54 wins and entered the playoffs as the Western Conference’s #2 seed.

His perseverance and dedication despite his ailment made him one of the greatest NBA coach today. If not for the Los Angeles Lakers and their pool of strong and powerful players, the Nuggets will become the best NBA team.

Our congratulations to Georga Karl for receiving the ESPY Awards 2010, “Jimmy V Perseverance Award”

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