NBA Summer League is a time full of optimism for the assortment of talented professional basketball athletes on the outside looking in. For international veterans, fringe NBA players, and some intriguing D-League players, such sessions in both Orlando and Las Vegas provide an opportunity for the aforementioned players to strut their stuff in hopes of earning another look.
Players who have spent time most recently in the D-League want to display what they've learned, and athletes coming off international contracts want to show how they've progressed. Summer League helps them all present as much on quite an unique stage.
And though a bevy of past D-League are indeed likely to turn up, Coby Karl will not be one of them.
A veteran of four NBADL seasons and a few cups of coffee in the NBA, a source tells RidiculousUpside.com that Karl will not return for a seventh year of Summer League competition --- it would have been his third straight.
Instead, Karl has re-signed with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, with whom he played in Germany last season. He averaged 12 points, 4.5 boards, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals for the team.
Prior to heading overseas, Karl spent the previous year as a member of the Idaho Stampede. He averaged 13.3 points and a minor league career-high of 6.3 assists through fifty games in 2012-13.
The son of former NBA head coach George Karl, the guard's participation in Summer League was known to bring out his father to Vegas year after year, regardless if he were coaching or not.