Although George Karl is continuing a strong recovery from cancer, he could speak with Denver Nuggets officials about reducing his travel schedule -- one idea being staying overnight in a road city and then flying somewhere the next morning instead of leaving with the team after the game.

Still, Karl doesn't believe any new plan will consist of him missing games.

“I don’t think it’ll ever go that far,” he said. “I’ve thought about not traveling with the team on the late-night flights. I’ve thought about instead of getting to bed at 4 o’clock in the morning, I’ll let my coaches have the morning shootaround. I’ll sleep in in L.A. or I’ll sleep in in Sacramento, get up at 7:30 or 8 o’clock, catch a flight. I’ve thought about that.

"But my energy level is getting better and stronger every year. I’m feeling healthier. I’m trying to eat better. People ask me all the time how am I doing. I’m doing a hell of a lot better than I was doing before I got cancer.”

Karl believes his future as coach of the Nuggets remains long term.

“The way I phrase that is,” Karl said, “every year I think my window of thinking about retiring is bigger than it’s ever been. But it’s still not very big.

“This team here, I see me coaching for a while because I think it has a chance to be really good."