If retirement is knocking at Chauncey Billups’ door, he walked right past it Wednesday morning as he took his three daughters to school for the first time in a long time.

The 37-year-old is old enough to have a daughter who’s a senior in high school, realistic enough to know the sand in his hourglass isn’t infinite and appreciative enough that even if he’s entering the last few precious weeks of his career, he’s not overly nostalgic about it.

“Not really, it’s kind of all the same for me,” Billups said. “You never know when it’ll be up. You know the older you get, the closer you get.”

Returning home to Denver, to the franchise that acquired him twice — and subsequently, traded him twice, probably holds a different meaning for him now compared to previous seasons.

When he returned after being traded from the Pistons in the 2008-09 season, the Nuggets were never better — before or since.

The Denver media clamored to see him, in anticipation for perhaps his last visit to the Pepsi Center as a player, but he was certain he’s not viewing things from a retirement lens.

“I’m not really thinking about it. (Retirement) could be very close,” Billups said. “Depends on how my knee is feeling after it’s healed. It could be close or a year or so away.”

He didn’t get a chance to see the rest of his family. His brother, Rodney — who looks like his twin, only lighter and with hair — is in Orlando, as an assistant coach with the University of Colorado, the school Billups attended and put on the map from 1995-97.

The younger Billups is preparing for Colorado’s first-round game against Pittsburgh in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

“I look forward to that,” Chauncey Billups said. “Been talking to my brother the last two days, getting a scouting report. I’m so proud for Tad (Boyle, Colorado head coach), getting that program back on the national scene. It’s been than when I was here. He’s a Colorado guy, guys can stay home now, and go to Colorado.”

He hasn’t been able to give much of a scouting report on himself recently, having been out since Feb. 20 with left knee surgery to repair his meniscus. He still wants to play this season if his body allows, no matter how far the Pistons are out the playoff race.