D-League Rumors

Anthony Carter, the former Heat player whose agent famously failed to notify the team he would be exercising his $4.1 million player option for the 2003-04 season, thus opening the door for Pat Riley to sign Lamar Odom and then trade him and a package of players for Shaquille O’Neal, rejoined the franchise last week when he agreed to become an assistant with the organization’s Development League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. “It’s just a great feeling,” Carter, 41, told the Miami Herald Tuesday of rejoining the franchise that helped get his NBA career started. “Thursday when I flew out to meet Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] it was like nothing changed. We already had a history and just by being here on the first day it’s just a great feeling. I fit right in.”
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Anthony Carter, the former Heat player whose agent famously failed to notify the team he would be exercising his $4.1 million player option for the 2003-04 season, thus opening the door for Pat Riley to sign Lamar Odom and then trade him and a package of players for Shaquille O’Neal, rejoined the franchise last week when he agreed to become an assistant with the organization’s D-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. “It’s just a great feeling,” Carter, 41, told the Miami Herald Tuesday of rejoining the franchise that helped get his NBA career started. “Thursday when I flew out to meet Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] it was like nothing changed. We already had a history and just by being here on the first day it’s just a great feeling. I fit right in.”
As for the famous screw-up by his agent Bill Duffy back in 2003 that cost him more than $3 million, Carter said it’s all ancient history. Duffy agreed to make it up to him and has kept his word, paying him in installments over the years. “In the end it was a blessing,” Carter said. “I’m still getting paid from it. Everything happens for a reason and my agent was man enough to stand up and just pay me over a period of time. To this day I’m still getting paid. I’m still getting paid until 2020.”
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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.”
3 days ago via ESPN
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.
3 days ago via ESPN