Los Angeles Lakers Where Are They Now?: Catching Up with Coby Karl

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIMay 24, 2012

DENVER - APRIL 26:  Coby Karl #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers and son of Nuggets coach George Karl, warms up with the team before facing the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 26, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 102-84 to take a 3-0 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Coby Karl isn't going to be remembered for his NBA career. 

In fact, his last name is mostly associated with his legendary father George Karl, who is currently the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.

When Coby played for the Lakers, his name was extremely recognizable, but it wasn't because of anything he did.

Karl played 17 games in a Laker uniform back in 2007-08 and he became a fan favorite as a bench warmer. There seemed to be a buzz at Staples Center every time Karl stepped onto the floor during blowout games.

He was essentially the Luke Walton of 2008 for the Lakers.

After scoring just 1.8 points in a little over four minutes per game, Karl was let go by the Lakers that October.

Karl then crossed the pond and finished the 2009 season in Spain with a team called Joventut Badalona.

Karl then tried out with the Cleveland Cavaliers and made the team as a reserve the following season. However, he was later cut by the Cavs in 2010 and he joined the Golden State Warriors on a ten-day contract.

Unable to stay on the team, he was sent to the D-League. 

After that contract expired, Karl signed with his father's team, the Denver Nuggets, but he never played a game as he was released before the 2010-11 season even started.

Karl was no longer able to find an NBA suitor and he has since played overseas.

In late 2010, he signed with Granada in Spain. Karl's luck wouldn't turn around, though. His team would be relegated and Karl signed with an Italian team called Armani Jeans Milano.

Yes, folks.

Armani Jeans Milano.

Karl now plays for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Italy.

It's unlikely we'll ever see Karl in the NBA again. That being said, at least he's found a job in Europe and he seems to be doing well overseas. 

Laker fans will never forget Karl's short stints off the bench. It would've been nice to see him continue to play for the Lakers and become a Brian Scalabrine-like figure in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers: Where Are They Now? will cover some of the lesser known Lakers throughout the years and document what they've been up to ever since they ceased wearing the Purple and Gold. 

Some of these guys were regulars in the system, others were bench warmers, and there were even some fan favorites. 

This will run throughout the summer. If you have a player in mind, please feel free to contact me.