Karl hopes to rejoin Nuggets at home

DENVER -- George Karl will skip the last three games on the Denver Nuggets' road trip as he adjusts to a feeding tube that was placed into his stomach as part of his cancer treatment.

The Nuggets coach has already missed two games since being diagnosed with neck and throat cancer last month. He is undergoing a rigorous six-week treatment program of radiation and chemotherapy.

His assistant, Adrian Dantley, will coach the team when the Nuggets play in New Orleans on Friday night, Memphis on Saturday and Houston on Monday.

In a statement, Karl said he hopes he'll be ready to rejoin the team when the Nuggets return home next week.