||05-19-2009 08:48 PM
Coby dishing on Kobe & Co.
By JEFF EISENBERG
If the Lakers discover the Denver coaching staff shouting out their sets before they run them tonight, they can blame an otherwise innocuous roster move made the morning of their season opener.
That was the day the Lakers trimmed their roster to 14 by cutting guard Coby Karl. The son of Denver coach George Karl has since fed his father every bit of inside intelligence he garnered during his 15-month stint with the Lakers, in hopes of giving the Nuggets a leg-up in the Western Conference finals.
Among the highlights of the younger Karl's report: tips on containing Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, a recap of how the Lakers coaches advised the team to defend Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, and an amusing look inside Phil Jackson's film room before last year's first-round series against Denver.
"He told me they had a tape of us that had cartoons spliced in when we would run and get a dunk," George Karl said. "They would have a cartoon Mickey Mouse going 'Ouch' or getting hit over the head with a hammer just to emphasize 'we can't let them do this.' "
A favorite with fans despite minimal playing time, Coby Karl appeared in 17 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 1.8 points. He struggled from the perimeter this preseason, failing to beat out rookie Sun Yue for the 14th roster spot.
Jackson downplayed the significance of Karl's info since he hasn't been with the Lakers all season.
"He's a heady ballplayer so he can give his father a lot of things, but the reality is George and I have probably coached against each other 70 times in our careers," Jackson said. "There's a lot of things we can go back to, look at and know about. He's fully aware of what we do."
George Karl agreed that he's just getting "four or five points of coaching mentality" from his son.
"We're not going to change how we prepare," he said. "We're just going to gather information, and the stuff that kind of turns us on we'll put on a list."
Funny stuff. This reminds me of when Horry left the Lakers in 03' for the Spurs and gave them their strategy.
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