Nuggets Karl undergoes surgery this morning

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Denver Nuggets coach George Karl will undergo surgery Monday morning to have a feeding tube put in his stomach.

It is all part of his ongoing battle with throat cancer, and as usual Karl downplayed it when he talked to Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse.

“I don’t think it’s a serious surgery,” Karl said of the procedure to assist him during his treatment for a form of throat cancer. “But they’re going to have to cut my body open and put something in your stomach. So it’s always a concern.”

Karl is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He will have chemo treatment Tuesday.

“I feel fine but I have an incredibly sore throat,” he said. “Even ice cream doesn’t taste good. My saliva is dry.”

Karl will not be on the sidelines Wednesday but talks about trying to coach his team Friday in New Orleans against the Hornets.

While normally players would be pretty happy to have something shut their coach up for a few days, in this case all anybody — inside and outside the Nuggets — wishes is for Karl to get through this week and return to the team when he is ready.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.

PBT Extra bold prediction: Is this Andrew Wiggins’ breakout season?

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Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.

Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.

Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.