Coby Karl will not return as the head coach of the South Bay Lakers next season, according to a report by Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll on Saturday. Karl, the son of former NBA Coach of the Year George Karl, has coached the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League affiliate since 2016.
Karl’s contract with the Lakers technically expired at the end of the 2019-20 season, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team kept him and his coaching staff on salary through the 2020-21 season, as he first told Silver Screen and Roll in April.
However, Karl hasn’t coached the South Bay Lakers since March 11, 2020 because the 2019-20 G League season was canceled abruptly and the Lakers opted out of the NBA G League Bubble in Orlando this past season. Instead, Karl and his coaching staff have worked with the senior teams’ scouting department to prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft.
It’s unclear what the plans are for the South Bay Lakers next season, but Karl won’t be part of them and, as a result, the Lakers will have to appoint a new head coach for their G League affiliate before the start of the 2021-22 season.
In four years as head coach of the South Bay Lakers, Karl had a record 83-67 in the regular season and 3-3 in the postseason. HIs best season was the 2016-17 season, when he coached South Bay to a first-place finish in the Western Conference.
It’s also worth noting that the South Bay Lakers had a number of NBA call-ups during Karl’s tenure as head coach, most notably David Nwaba and Alex Caruso, the latter of whom won a championship with the Lakers in 2020.
The NBA G League has yet to announce its schedule for the 2021-22 season.