Q&A with Coby Karl
-- Stampede legend was called up twice in 2009-10 --

To Stampede fans, especially those located in the Treasure Valley, Coby Karl is a well-known guy. He played four years of high-level basketball at Boise State from 2003-07, where he averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his college career, has played 24 games in the NBA with a variety of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, and has spent time playing professionally overseas. And don't forget, his father is George Karl, long-time NBA coaching legend.

In 2008-09, Karl played 22 games with the Stampede and averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists. The next season, he played 26 games and averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists, earning two GATORADE NBA Call-Ups that season, one with the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. This summer, Karl played with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League, where he averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in five games.

Q: What do you hope to get out of Summer League this year with Minnesota?
Coby: To be completely honest, I have no clue - itís a crap shoot. Iím trying to stay focused, do what I know I can do and some of those things are hopefully what a team will like.

Q: Have you kept up with Stampede coaches and players in the last couple of years?
Coby: Those are some of my favorite years. I saw some of the coaches here, Coach Gates, Coach Livingston and Coach Abelson and those years really kind of helped me understand leadership. Coach Livingston was great, his knowledge of the game was unbelievable. Coach Gates had a confidence in me and they were good years in general and we had great teams, won a lot of games, which always makes it more fun.

Q: Do you know if youíll play overseas if you donít get a roster spot in the NBA?
Coby: Itís really, for me, Iím at the point in my life where Iím letting the chips fall where they may. Iím just seeing how it goes, and Iíll talk to my agent and get focused on what I can do.

Q: Do you have plans for future coaching?
Coby: Iíve already done a coaching clinic and I really have a passion for it, helping younger players and helping them understand fundamentals and how to play the game. I think it would be a natural fit for me to coach somewhere and Iíve always enjoyed the professional game, Iíve been around it a long time. Thatís kind of a passion of mine and weíll see if I can coach in the future.

Q: Have you talked to any of your former Stampede coaches?
Coby: I kept up with all the three of the coaches, stay in contact with him via phone every summer and a few times during the rest of the year. I enjoy his knowledge and he obviously has a passion for the game, playing it and coaching it.

Q: Do you know how much longer your father will coach in the NBA?
Coby: I donít. Itís the first time in a long time where he could go without the game of basketball and be comfortable in his life. And thatís saying something for a guy who is so passionate about the game, but that being said, the team he had this year he really, really enjoyed them because they played the right way, they listen to the coaching staff, and it was a fun team to watch.

Q: Do you have any advice for Austin Rivers, whose dad is also a famous coach like yours?
Coby: I think with any of those situations, thatís something that weíve dealt with our whole lives. Itís really nothing new and Austin has proven himself, worldwide. His game speaks for himself. I doní think heíll have any issue succeeding at this level. And after time passes, people forget how good of a player Doc Rivers was and people will know Austin for who he is.