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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 South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League. He is the son of NBA head coach George Karl.

Coby Karl
South Bay Lakers
PositionHead coach
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1983-06-08) June 8, 1983 (age 36)
Great Falls, Montana
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolHomestead (Mequon, Wisconsin)
CollegeBoise State (2003–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–2015
PositionShooting guard
Number11, 5
Coaching career2015–present
Career history
As player:
2007–2008Los Angeles Lakers
2007–2008Los Angeles D-Fenders
2008–2009Idaho Stampede
2009DKV Joventut
2009Cleveland Cavaliers
2010Idaho Stampede
2010Golden State Warriors
2010Idaho Stampede
2011Armani Jeans Milano
2011–2012Fabi Shoes Montegranaro
2012–2013Idaho Stampede
2013Pallacanestro Reggiana
2013–2015MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
2015Reno Bighorns
As coach:
2015–2016Westchester Knicks (assistant)
2016–presentLos Angeles D-Fenders/South Bay Lakers
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (2007)
Stats at


High school careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Karl played basketball at Boise State while majoring in Mass Communications. The 6-foot-5 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.

Professional careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 cancerEdit

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 statisticsEdit

  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 seasonEdit

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


  1. ^ Rockets at Lakers boxscore at
  2. ^ Lakers assign Coby Karl to D-Fenders for final time this season
  3. ^ Lakers recall Coby Karl from D-Fenders
  4. ^ Turner, Broderick; Bresnahan, Mike (October 28, 2008). "Jackson's lineup for opener? It's a secret". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Joventut replaces Bracey Wright with Coby Karl (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Carl joins Joventut Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The Cavs waive Coby Karl[permanent dead link]. Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
  8. ^ [1]. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  9. ^ Coby Karl Returns To Idaho Stampede
  10. ^ Nuggets sign coach Karl's son Coby
  11. ^ Nuggets waive Coby Karl Archived 2010-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Coby Karl lands by CB Granada (in Spanish)
  13. ^ L'Olimpia ingaggia Coby Karl (in Italian)
  14. ^ "Fabi Shoes Montegranaro signs Coby Karl". September 25, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  15. ^ TEN ADDED TO STAMPEDE ROSTER Archived 2014-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia announced Coby Karl
  17. ^ "Karl left Trenkwalder RE". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  18. ^ "MHP Ludwigsburg announced Coby Karl". Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  19. ^ Coby Karl leaves Ludwigsburg to join Reno BigHorns
  20. ^ Bighorns fall at home to the Vipers
  21. ^ "Westchester Knicks hire Coby Karl, Derrick Alston as assistants". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  22. ^ Karl says son is doing well after cancer surgery

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