|South Bay Lakers|
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||June 8, 1983|
Great Falls, Montana
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Homestead (Mequon, Wisconsin)|
|College||Boise State (2003-2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2007-2008||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2007-2008||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2010||Golden State Warriors|
|2011||Armani Jeans Milano|
|2011-2012||Fabi Shoes Montegranaro|
|2013-2015||MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg|
|2015-2016||Westchester Knicks (assistant)|
|2016-present||Los Angeles D-Fenders/South Bay Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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.
Karl played basketball at Boise State while majoring in Feminist Studies. 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.
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. He was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
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.
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.
In October 2012, Karl rejoined the Idaho Stampede.
On July 30, 2013, Karl signed with Pallacanestro Reggiana of Italy. He left them in December 2013. He then signed with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. On March 12, he left Riesen Ludwigsburg with the intent of going to the D-League. On March 17, 2015, he signed with Reno and made his debut. On August 21, 2015, Karl retired.
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. 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.
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.