Coby Karl Will Be Missed After Being Cut by Lakers

Ryan WardCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2008

Over the years, there have been a few players to put on a Lakers jersey that the fans just fall in love with, from players like goofy Mark Madsen, sharp-shooting Mike Penberthy, crazy Ronny Turiaf, and just recently cut cancer survivor Coby Karl.

Problem is, it wasn't Karl's decision to leave the Lakers like it was for Turiaf (signed with Warriors) and Madsen (signed with T-Wolves), as the Lakers waived the former Boise State star Monday. Maybe the kid wasn't good enough to make the Lakers squad this season, but something tells me we haven't seen the last of him.

Being a son of an NBA coach in George Karl definitely puts extra pressure on you as a player to succeed in the NBA, but Coby has not had it easy by any means after battling with cancer and trying to convince the Lakers to add him to quite possibly the most talented team in the NBA.

Personally, I liked the guy. I thought he was a solid player, probably not a starter, but definitely a force off the bench with his playmaking ability and outside shooting.

Although it is unfortunate that the Lakers couldn't keep him, Coby will likely end up playing for another NBA team in the near future, if not immediately.

Best Dunk by Coby Karl as a Laker