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HEALTH

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl always take his son, Coby on one in–season NBA road trip.  This time, the trip has special meaning.  They share a bond that goes beyond father-son and basketball.  George Karl is a cancer survivor.  Coby, 23, is fighting the disease.  The Nuggets started a five-game road trip Tuesday night at New jersey.  This will be their last trip together before Coby, a senior guard at Boise State, has another surgery to treat thyroid cancer on April 2nd.  “It’s hard, and made me realize I have to take care of him, an emotional George Karl said before the Nets game.  “Our goals and missions and priorities are to get him healthy.”
The surgery will be the second in 13 months for Coby Karl, who had his thyroid removed after being diagnosed with papillary carcinoma, a form of treatable cancer.

MONEY

The NBA fined Charlotte Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan $15,000 for discussing Texas freshman Kevin Durant during an interview last week.  Team coaches and executives are barred from talking about underclassmen who have yet to declare for the NBA draft.  In an interview with the Charlotte Observer last Tuesday, Jordan said he was interested in versatile players and added, “The kid who may present that is the kid in Texas.  He may have that because he has all the right signs.”  A Bobcats spokesman confirmed the fine.