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An assistant coach with the NBA D-League’s Westchester Knicks last season, Karl will find himself in a new situation in 2016-17. He was hired earlier this month as the head coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders. In a sense, Coby will be following in the footsteps of his mentors, both of whom began their head-coaching careers in minor league hoops. “Phil and my father got their start, or honed their skills, in the CBA [Continental Basketball Association],” Karl said. “That’s why I look at this as such a powerful position or such a great opportunity for anyone. The only way that we become better at what we do is to practice it. My ambition is to be a head coach at the highest level one day, and the only way to practice something is doing it.”
George Karl believes his son’s perspective as a player will help him in the coaching profession. “I think Coby’s seen some great things,” George Karl said. “He’s played with LeBron, played with Kobe. He’s been on championship-caliber teams. … He also kind of has a piece, from a psychological standpoint, of how [coaches] touch and motivate players.” That experience certainly helps Coby Karl relate to young D-League players. But naturally, there were some challenges in his first season transitioning to the bench.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Coby Karl as head coach, it was announced today by team President/CEO Joey Buss and General Manager Nick Mazzella. Karl will replace Casey Owens, who takes over as an assistant coach and advance scout on the Los Angeles Lakers staff.
“It is an honor to be back with the Lakers organization, the team that gave me my first job and allowed me to realize my dream of playing in the NBA,” Karl said. “My goal going forward will be to foster an environment and culture that permits our players and staff to fulfill their dreams. Our pursuit will focus on excellence, both as individuals and as members of the Los Angeles D-Fenders organization.”