Coby Karl

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Coby Karl
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Position Head coach
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1983-06-08) June 8, 1983 (age 33)
Great Falls, Montana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Homestead (Mequon, Wisconsin)
College Boise State (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2007–2015
Position Shooting guard
Number 11, 5
Coaching career 2015–present
Career history
As player:
2007–2008 Los Angeles Lakers
2007–2008 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2008–2009 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2009 DKV Joventut (Spain)
2009 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2010 Golden State Warriors
2010 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2010–2011 Granada (Spain)
2011 Armani Jeans Milano (Italy)
2011–2012 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy)
2013 Pallacanestro Reggiana (Italy)
2013–2015 MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
2015 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
As coach:
2015–2016 Westchester Knicks (assistant)
2016–present Los Angeles D-Fenders
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (2007)
Stats at

Coby Joseph Karl (born June 8, 1983) is an American professional basketball coach and former American basketball player who is currently head coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He is the son of NBA head coach George Karl.

High school career[edit]

Karl attended Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin and lettered in basketball. He was an All-Suburban selection, a first team All-Conference selection, and an All-State Honorable Mention selection as a senior. Karl graduated in 2002.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

Karl played basketball at Boise State while majoring in Feminist Studies. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard led the Broncos in points (17.2) and assists (4.0) as a junior, and he averaged 14.8 points and 4.0 assists during his senior season en route to First Team All-WAC honors in 2007.

Karl had weighed whether to return to college for his senior year or to enter the 2006 NBA Draft, attending a few pre-draft workouts for various professional teams. However, he decided to return to college.

Pro career[edit]

Karl was not drafted by an NBA team, but made the Lakers' 15-man roster as a free agent. Karl made his NBA debut on October 30, 2007, with the Lakers versus the Houston Rockets, playing 37 seconds and registering no statistics.[1] He was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

On February 19, 2008, Karl joined Lakers' second-year guard Jordan Farmar as the only other player in league history to see action in same-day D-League and NBA games.[2]

Karl was then recalled from the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the third time that season, which is the most any player can be recalled in one season.[3]

In April 2008, the Los Angeles Lakers played the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Karl and his father became the first father and son to ever oppose each other in the NBA playoffs. Karl was a reserve for the Lakers, and his father was the head coach for the Nuggets. Coby Karl was released by Los Angeles on October 27, 2008.[4]

Karl joined the Spanish pro club Joventut Badalona of the Liga ACB in January 2009.[5][6]

In September 2009, Karl reached an agreement to attend training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he competed for a regular-season roster spot. On October 22, 2009 the Cavaliers made three final cuts, ensuring Karl a spot on their opening day roster. The Cavaliers waived Karl on January 6, 2010, sending him to free agency.[7]

On January 30, 2010, Karl was signed to a 10-day contract by the Golden State Warriors.[8] After his stint with the Warriors, he returned to the NBA D-League as a member of the Idaho Stampede.[9]

On April 11, 2010, Karl was signed to the Nuggets to an undisclosed contract.[10] He was waived by the Nuggets on August 16, 2010.[11]

In September 2010, he returned to play in Spain, signing a one-year contract with CB Granada.[12]

In May 2011, after being relegated to the second division in Spain with CB Granada, he signed with Armani Jeans Milano in Italy until the end of the season.[13]

In September 2011, he signed with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Lega Basket Serie A in Italy.[14]

In October 2012, Karl rejoined the Idaho Stampede.[15]

On July 30, 2013, Karl signed with Pallacanestro Reggiana of Italy.[16] He left them in December 2013.[17] He then signed with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.[18] On March 12, he left Riesen Ludwigsburg with the intent of going to the D-League.[19] On March 17, 2015, he signed with Reno and made his debut.[20] On August 21, 2015, Karl retired.

Coaching career[edit]

On October 27, 2015, Karl was hired as an assistant coach by the Westchester Knicks, the NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knicks.[21] Westchester made significant improvement during the one season Karl spent on the bench, upping its record from 10-40 in 2014-15 to a 28-22 mark during the 2015-16 campaign.

On September 12, 2016, Karl took over his first head coaching role with the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, the affiliate team of the Lakers.

Thyroid cancer[edit]

Karl also underwent radio-active iodine treatment, a painless and simple out-patient treatment, for papillary carcinoma, a thyroid cancer considered by doctors to be one of the most treatable forms of cancer. After his senior year, Karl again had another surgery to remove cancerous cells. His father left the Nuggets to be with his son during the seven-hour surgery and returned to the team after the completion of the surgery.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2007–08 L.A. Lakers 17 0 4.2 .346 .308 .800 .8 .5 .2 .1 1.8
2009–10 Cleveland 3 0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 .7 .0 .0 .0 .0
2009–10 Golden State 4 1 27.0 .344 .182 .667 4.0 3.8 .8 .3 7.0
Career 24 1 7.6 .345 .250 .750 1.3 1.0 .3 .1 2.4


2008 L.A. Lakers 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 .0
Career 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 .0


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