Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
The NBA has some of the best basketball coaches in the country as it is the highest level of basketball and the dream of most of coaches to walk the sidelines in the league.
When you think of the greater head coaches in the NBA names like Greg Popovich, Phil Jackson and George Karl start to come up, but being a great head coach comes with a lot of practice and a lot of time so rarely do you see a great NBA head coach who is young or inexperienced.
All three of the head coaches I mentioned have records of their own and are currently leading NBA franchises as we speak, but one of those coaches is going through a pretty tough time right now as he is battling cancer for the second time in his life.
George Karl has flown relatively under the radar over the past few years as his Denver Nuggets have them mailed to get the job done in the playoffs, but last season they put themselves back on the map after they made a trade which brought Chauncey Billups to the mile high city and completely turn around the franchise.
This recent success the Denver Nuggets have gone from a playoff bound team to a title contender, which is impressive to say the least especially with all the egos on that team, George Karl has pulled off nicely and could be the recipient of an NBA title sometime in the near future.
Unfortunately, even though his throat and neck cancer diagnosis is beatable he will not be able to coach his Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs which could prove to be extremely crucial as the team has struggled ever since losing their head coach to this horrible disease.
It’s almost an absolute certainty that George Karl will beat this disease for the second time, but whether or not he’ll be able to coach his team in the playoffs is another question altogether as it seems at this point in time Carmelo Anthony and company are really struggling to get things together at the most crucial point in the NBA season.
It’s uncertain where the Denver Nuggets will end up conceding in the Western Conference as the second seed could go to one of four teams right now, but even though they don’t know they’re seeding the competition will be tough as they will have to face a team like the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers or the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.
Ironically enough, the one time that they need their leader on the sidelines is the one time they won’t have and it just might result in another first-round exit for the Denver Nuggets in a disappointing end to a promising season for one of the best teams in the league.
Even though they won’t have George Karl sideline in the first round, the Denver Nuggets will be tough to be and a force to be reckoned with in the West, but I won’t be surprised to see and get bumped out earlier than expected.