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“"I didn't feel healthy enough to go to the wedding, so I have not seen him since then," Karl said. "We've had some communication through [assistant coach Tim Grgurich] and through Masai and some people, but I can't deny it kind of shook me a little bit. I really don't know" what he will do. In addition to the Melo Matter, Ujiri faces questions surrounding J.R. Smith, who is under police investigation for allegedly choking a player during a pickup game at the team's practice facility recently. Then there's uncertainty surrounding Karl, who's planning on returning to the sideline in September after missing the end of last season while fighting neck and throat cancer. Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen are both expected to miss chunks of the season as they recover from offseason knee surgeries. And if Anthony leaves, the Nuggets could be looking at lots of empty seats. "I think there are a lot of challenges in this job, but what job doesn't have challenges?" Ujiri said. "How can I turn down a GM job in the NBA just because there are challenges with the job? I think it's a great job." Ujiri pointed out that the Nuggets reached the Western Conference finals just two years ago and said the future looks bright under Josh Kroenke's leadership. "There's a new passion, a new movement here," he said. The Nigerian-born Ujiri's infectious enthusiasm and energy are good for the Nuggets, Karl said. "I think Masai has a personality that fits the problems that we have," Karl said. "He's such a positive dude." Like his predecessor Mark Warkentien, Ujiri will have to share power. He'll work with Josh Kroenke, Karl and longtime team adviser Bret Bearup. "It's a team effort out here," Josh Kroenke said. "We're coming off three 50-win seasons, and I think that speaks for itself." Karl, who looked rested and spoke with a stronger voice than he's had since he began chemotherapy and radiation treatment last spring, said he was going on a week's vacation before returning to prepare for training camp. He said his recovery is expected to last well into the upcoming season and acknowledged that he'll have to continue to cut back for his health's sake. "I'm not going to be a 10-hour-a-day guy anymore," Karl said. "I've been a delegator and a director for two or three years. It's going to continue to be more of that." Karl isn't overly concerned about so many Nuggets, including himself, entering the final year of their contracts. "It doesn't bother me. If I was coaching a bad team, I'd be a little more nervous," Karl said. "I think I'm coaching a good team that's going to win 45 to 55 games. That will probably get me another job if I don't have one here." So, what advice would he have for Anthony? "I would just tell him, I don't know if you're going to find a better city to live in than Denver," Karl said.
We want him back, the city wants him back, ownership wants him back.” -- Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri on