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.”

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  • Michael24

    Coby Coby Coby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    i think he has the option to come back next year…
    when the lakers are up by much, is great to watch him playing, hopefully he returns next year…

  • Peanut Butter Spread

    I have high hopes for Coby.

    I hope he gets resigned. He shows he’s dedicated and works hard.

    I can already see it, the Kobe to Coby connection lol

  • 2inthepink1inthestink

    He’s our new white boy shooter now that sasha is leaving… Go Machine2!!!!

  • JASON

    HE SHIT’S ON SASHA !!!!!!

  • http://deleted kb4sure

    sign him let sasha go.give karl a chance to probe he has the shooting touch and more atletic he can rebound,dunk the ball with passion and excitement and take less pay also.trust this kid!

  • DCLAKER

    They should’ve played’em in the finals and OH,by the way….DON’T TRADE’EM!

  • Michael_23

    Hmm … if we were to lose Sasha. It’s a very small possibility, and slim, that I can see Coby drilling those 3 pointers in place of Sasha. But Sasha is never afraid, never loses confidence in his shot. Unlike Vlad. Very inconsistent.

  • orlando

    He is another Luke Walton jr. and younger jackson bitch.

  • yellowpurplefever

    I’d like very much for Coby to sign again. He’s a rookie, give him a chance. I like his game more than Sash. He promised to work on Defense this summer even more so to get more minutes next year. Mitch, watch Coby in summer then re-eval, you wont be disappointed! He just swatted OJ Mayo yesterday, Sash can never do that! I gonna see if its in youtube

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    WHATEVER!!!

  • lakerferlife7

    HE PROVED SO MUCH THIS YEAR……?