NBA

MOVE OVER BRYANT THERE’S A NEW COBY IN TOWN (8/3/07) 

Just in case Kobe Bryant wasn’t enough Kobe for LA, the Lakers added another Coby, in Coby Karl.  Karl, who recently had surgery for thyroid cancer, signed with the Lakers on July 30, after averaging 12.2 ppg on the Lakers Summer-Pro league team.  So, how do the two (K/C)ob(e/y)’s stack up agasinst each other?  Lets take a look.

 Family Background: 

Kobe – Father Joe drafted by the Warriors in the first round in 1975 before being traded to the Sixers.  Played four years with the Sixers, and was then traded to the San Diego Clippers.  Played there until 1982, and spent his final NBA season with the Houston Rockets in 1983.  Most recently was the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, but was fired April 4, 2007.

Coby – Father George played college basketball at North Carolina, before signing with the San Antonio Spurs in 1983.  Coached various NBA and CBA teams and won three CBA coach of the year awards from 1979-91.  In 1991 he took over as head coach of the Seattle Super Sonics, and took them to the NBA Finals in 1996.  Karl is currently the Head coach of the Denver Nuggets.

Pre-NBA Background:

Kobe – USA Today, Parade, Gatorade and Naismith HS player of the year in 1996.  Surpassed Wilt Chamberlin to become the all-time leading scorrer in Philadelphia-area high school history.  Committed to Duke before deciding to skip college and declare for the NBA draft at age 17.

Coby – Attended Boise State University.  2005-06 All-WAC second team, led the BSU in points (17.2) and assists (4.0).  Declared for the NBA draft after his junior season, before withdrawing his name and returning to BSU for his senior season.  2006-07 All-WAC first team.  BSU’s all-time leader in games played (127) and three-pointers made (266).  Ranks third all-time at BSU in points with 1,698.

So there just might be room for both Kobe and Coby in LA.  Just don’t expect Karl to take any minutes away from Bryant, and definitely don’t expect Bryant to dish the ball off to Karl.  

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Yi for MVP?

MVP might be a stretch, but if the first Las Vegas summer league games are any indicator, Yi Jianlian could be the next rookie of the year. 

However, the first Las Vegas summer league games are not an indicator. 

While the much hyped Greg Oden and Kevin Durant strugled in their debuts, with Oden racking up 10 personal fouls, and Durant complimenting his 18 points with one rebound and no assists, Yi was impressive with 23 points on a 7-for-15 shooting performance.

This should be absolutely no concern for Blazers and Sonics fans.  By seasons end, Yi might prove he was worth the No. 5 pick, but Oden or Durant will be crowned rookie of the year, and may even get a taste of the playoffs. 

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