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D-Fenders Name Coby Karl Head Coach

 

September 15, 2016



The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Coby Karl as head coach, it was announced 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.

Karl returns to the D-Fenders organization after appearing in 17 games for the team during the 2007-08 season while on assignment from the Lakers. On February 19, 2008, Karl became the second player in NBA Development League history to play in an NBADL and NBA game in the same day, following former Lakers guard Jordan Farmar.

As a player Karl saw action with the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors as well as with the D-Fenders, Reno Bighorns, and Idaho Stampede of the NBADL. He most recently served as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks staff during the 2015-16 season at the conclusion of his playing career.

“We are excited to welcome Coby bac to the D-Fenders family as our new head coach,” Buss said. “His extensive experience as both a player and coach in this league is something we’re very happy to bring to the organization as we look to build on a season of success.”

“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.

Karl, is the son of NBA veteran coach George Karl.

Mazzella said “We feel Coby has a bright future in coaching, and are confident in his ability to create a positive culture while developing players in a winning environment.”

 

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