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Former Sonics coach George Karl’s son Coby joins the family business

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Coby Karl has been named head coach of the LA D-Fenders

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The most well known, and most successful, head coach of the Seattle Supersonics was George Karl. While he never won an NBA Championship with the Sonics, he did lead the team to a .719 regular season win percentage in seven seasons and a trip to the 1996 NBA Finals. Now, George’s son Coby is carrying on his father’s legacy.

Earlier today, Coby Karl was named head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. Karl played for the D-Fenders in 17 games in 2007-08 while on assignment from the Lakers. He also spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, as well as the D-League’s Reno Bighorns, and Idaho Stampede. He also played professionally in Spain, Italy, and Germany. Last season he served as an assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks.

“Influenced by some of the game’s all-time great coaches and having played in the NBA, the NBA D-League, and professionally overseas, Coby has a unique mind for the game and can relate to players trying to take that next step to the NBA,” said D-Fenders General Manager Nick Mazzella. “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.”

“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.”

Congratulations to Coby and here’s hoping that someday he can coach the Seattle Supersonics just like his old man.