HOOPSWORLD: Last summer Coby Karl was a kid just trying to find a way to make it to the NBA. After a decent showing at the NBA’s Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, Karl went undrafted. When the Lakers signed him to a summer league contract not long after, there were those around the league who laughed it off as nothing more than a favor by Mitch Kupchak to Coby’s father George Karl done simply because of the longstanding friendship between the two.
As it turned out, nothing could be further from the truth. Karl demonstrated last season he has what it takes to carve out a niche for himself in the NBA.
“I didn’t feel like I was that bad at Pre-Draft Camp, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get drafted,” Karl told HOOPSWORLD on Sunday in Las Vegas. “But I was on the LA Lakers last year, and it was a great experience for me.”
Karl has always been a student of the game. He often studied players like Nate McMillan and Gary Payton while growing up and watching his father coach the Seattle SuperSonics. During his rookie season in the league, Karl added to his already extensive knowledge of the game by closely observing some of his veteran teammates.
“I was able to watch Kobe work and see what he does to get ready for games. I was able to watch Derek Fisher on and off the court. Those things help me a lot because those are the little things that make you a good player in this league.”