Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  64 responses

Stop Snitching, Coby Karl

by Marcel Mutoni

That’s what most Laker fans will think after reading this story.

Coby Karl, son to George, was cut by the Lakers just prior to the start of the regular season. And now, with the Western Conference Finals upon us, that seemingly meaningless move may come back to haunt the Lakers (kind of).

The Press-Enterprise reports:

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.’ “

Shouldn’t there be a law against this type of stuff? And more importantly, how does Carmelo reconcile his feelings on the subject when presented with Coby’s traitorous information?

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  • slamfan4life

    la in 4

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I. Want. That. Cartoon. Video.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    “Labeled as a snitch is a lifetime scar. You’ll always be in jail, just minus the bars.” -Jay-Z

  • sab

    waa waa waa. what did you expect him to do, honestly? “no, Dad, i’m not telling you ANYTHING – i have PRINCIPLES!!” ??!!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    LA in 4? slamfam is hilarious. If LA wins, it won’t be a sweep. Have you even watched basketball lately?

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    We should definately ask Phil Jackson to put out the pregame tapes on dvd. They should be great fun to watch. Maybe after he’s retired though, because when these lockerroom things get outside of the lockerroom, you’ve got fuel to burn for the opposing fans. Phil knows like no other it’s best to keep some things behind closed doors.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I hope he gets blackballed and never gets another shot at the league.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Marcel = terrible fanboy

  • kh

    give the nuggets the playbook, let em sit in and watch practice, hell let them have a live feed into the Lakers locker room before the game. The nuggets don’t have a Kobe container and Phil could care less about what the Nuggets think they know. The Nuggets will not beat the Lakers!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    yeah Bryan, because it’s such a damn shame Coby Karl did this. He never beat someone up, he hasn’t been caught with some weed in his trunk, or in his pee, or has a gun, but he told something to his father about the Lakers…. oh no!!!! You honestly think that doesn’t happen more often in this League?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    It probably does gerard but its as bad to me as insider trading which gets people arrested. Its easy to discount this by naming worse offenses , that’s an easy way out. I guess you don’t know what its like to play on a team and respect other teams. He’s a f*cking baby.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    this type of stuff happens all the time! i don’t get what the fuss is about. george karl obviously doesn’t think it’s a series breaker, because then he probably wouldn’t joke about it with the media. such non-news

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Does anyone really think the Lakers are running the same exact sets they ran at the beginning of the season? Out of the triangle most plays have two or three options and they’ve been running that since Phil has been there. There is no huge mystery to be solved. And does Coby Karl’s scary intellect outweigh all of the Nuggets video preparation/scouting? C’mon now.

  • Coconut

    I think this happens all the time… When a player gets traded from team A to team B, don’t you think he tells coaches and players of his new team everything they need to know about his previous team, when they play eachother? This is of course a bit different because he’s not a Nugget, but still…

  • Torrance

    Of course this is a natural reaction, but why go shout it out like this? Good luck EVER finding another NBA team now, stupid.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    coconut just said what i was about to say

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yeah, I don’t think this is a big deal. I understand why there’s post about it (we gotta talk about SOMETHING) but I don’t think it warrants getting upset over. I mean Phil knew that Coby’s dad is also Western conference coach when he signed him/cut him, so he had to know this could be a possibility…

  • Sparker

    scouting is an interesting topic, but this is not interesting scouting. my guess is that karl wanted to get the cartoon tidbit into the media, where it is more likely to inspire his players. he succeeded.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    This is really much ado about nothing.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The Game should mixtape murder Coby Karl.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    off topic here: does anybody here agree with me that getting a lot of rest in between playoff series is not all that beneficial to a team? many teams that have a long wait before the next round start off pretty rusty. Will Denver be ready tonight?

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Yep, now that Coby gave Karl the dirt on Kobe – someone is sweating – please. Too funny. And we all need to see the MMouse tapes – that sounds high-larious.

  • Clockwork

    Coby probably got it all wrong anyway, maybe that’s why he was cut in the first place.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Hish – don’t worry, I hear they head out to playgrounds and pound on the local youth. Gotta love them THnUGgets.

  • mj23

    Denver might be able to steal game 1. Especially with the Lakers 48 hour turnaround from the Houston series while Denver got a few days of rest.

  • Kas

    Mo Charlo Posted: May.19 at 9:11 am
    “Labeled as a snitch is a lifetime scar. You’ll always be in jail [], just minus the bars.” -Jay-Z

    left out a word

  • Casey

    Eboy has a good point. It’s been a while since Coby has been with the Lakers and I’m sure Phil isn’t stupid enough to think he wouldn’t open his mouth when it came down to it. We need to give the Zen Master a little more credit here than to think he’s still using those exact same plays now. He may still go to them from time to time, but I highly doubt it’s their bread and butter. Go Lakers!!

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Why are y’all taking this obviously tongue-in-cheek post so seriously?

  • RarRayJr

    Probably something they already knew. I’m sure most players talk about inside stuff like that to their new team after they get traded. However Coby got cut and probably won’t get another foot in the L bc teams are gonna think he gives his dad info even while he’s on the team.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    so according to Mo charlo’s Jigga commandment, Kob’s is actually in Jail. Ya know since he (allegedly, happy Laker Fans) snitched way back when the “incident” happened. If Chintao could make it to Mile High, he’d be leading the deragatory chimes raining down from the stands in game 3!

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    The Kobe example proves Jigga’s point. I mean, doesn’t everybody think Kobe is pretty much an untrustworthy snake right now?

  • Statik

    @Allenp: cuz they’re obvious Laker fans

  • http://slamonline.com Walt Williams

    Who is this Jigga you speak of?Weird…

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    So is Coby on the payroll?

  • Young Chris MP3

    This is ridiculous.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    You guys act like players never get traded to other teams. This crap must happen all the time.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    that’s what I said Jukai, but apparently Bryan thinks that because I said that, I don’t understand how teams work. Sure…..

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Jordan Farmar is a snitch for Mickey & friends.

  • jrb

    F**k Coby karl hes a little b**ch

  • Danny W

    ‘ Yeah f**k that sh*t, I don’t want my Dad to be an NBA Champion. I want Phil and Kobe to win yet another ring, just after they fired me in times of economic Crisis, Oh hang on a minute…Dad?…..Dad? ‘ Coby Karl may or may not have been overheard sayiong earlier this week.

  • jrb

    just cuz he sucks doesnt meen he should ruin the lakers playoffs

  • doyouwantmore

    We can’t you believe you snitched on Coby’s snitching, SLAM.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn, damn, damn! Brian Grant has Pakinson’s, the young onset kind, at 37!! (the worldwide follower is reporting it) Damnit, some of my favorite celebs have that. Ali, MJ Fox, now “marley” Grant. Tragic. Imagine being an exceptional athlete and having to deal with losing your motor skills. Tragic.

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE

    nuggs in 5 tops 6

  • belloblock

    he just f@cked up his chances of making an nma roster

  • Jess

    as much as i hate the lakers, tip on containg kobe? no one can contain kobe..move on, who cares, this probably happens anytime someone gets traded…nuggets in 6!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    In Coby’s defense, Mike Dunleavy Jr. would have done the same thing, if the Clippers and the Pacers weren’t turrrible.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Wannabe Kobe.

  • Hamond

    i agree with eboy: “Does anyone really think the Lakers are running the same exact sets they ran at the beginning of the season? Out of the triangle most plays have two or three options and they’ve been running that since Phil has been there. There is no huge mystery to be solved. And does Coby Karl’s scary intellect outweigh all of the Nuggets video preparation/scouting? C’mon now.”

    plus, are there really any surprises when you have an opportunity to play a team for 7 games? You know each other’s sets already anyways. The thing about playing 7 games is there is no surprises. It’s really the better team that wins. Who executes better and counters the other team better.

  • DenverChamp

    All I can say is before the playoffs started both the ESPN and TNT crews both had Denver going out in the first round and now all you hear is the rave over how well they’ve been playing. Nene is going to put Bynum out of his misery by injuring him so that he doesn’t have to play horribly anymore. K-mart and Birdman are gonna handle Pau / Lamar, Chauncey already beat Fish in 2004, and Dahntay Jones is going to surprise everyone by locking down Kobe with his physical D.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Denver beats Lakers in five and Denver will take on orlando and beat them in 6.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Wouldn’t that be funny if Phil had done all these things while Coby was on the team in hopes that he would go back to daddy and tell?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    @ DenverChum…er Champ, Dahntay Jones is going to lock down Kobe…Ok I know you guys are in a higher altitude but seriously. And FYI Billups beat up on a past his prime Gary Payton in 2004. Y’all are in for a surprise this series.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    george snitched on his snitch? bad form.

  • Mark

    Seems like a bad idea if Coby wants to latch onto another team. I’m sure ex players do this ALL THE TIME, but they have enough sense not to spill it to the media or a blowhard like George Karl.

  • http://www.bartking.net Bart King

    I don’t take this seriously for a second. Except for the cartoons.

  • Coach Master

    I’m disappointed with Coby for doing this. And, more disappointed in daddy for using it.

  • Brad#1

    This is why I don’t like Kobe because he cheated on his gorgeous wife

  • SD

    Damn Coby, it was all good just a week ago….

  • chintao

    ^ Uh, the b!tch is crazy. That might have something to do with it. She probably nags the hell out of him.

  • chintao

    Clearly, people have no concept of snitching. Snitching requires disclosure to a government agent or authority.

  • Dave

    Clearly chintao has never swapped gangs.

    As for Bryan… “It probably does gerard but its as bad to me as insider trading which gets people arrested.” What an excellent sense of perspective you have, sir.

  • chintao

    Darksaber Posted: May.19 at 11:44 am ==> Actually, it would be much more fun to lead those chants in L.A. As far as swapping gangs, I never would. Insider trading? GTFOH. People are financially raping the populace at large, and ya’ll have the nerve to compare that to a situation involving a marginally inadequate hoop-head whoe passed relatively useless, mostly open-source information about the team that cut him to his father? People’s loyalties and priorities sure have been scrambled.

  • Chad Nothe

    Anytime you can involve a Jay Z quote in with Coby Karl article, you’re money

    Mo Charlo , nice