Coby Karl sat down with BroncoSports.com for three-part interview.
Former Boise State basketball standout Coby Karl has signed with Reggio Emilia of the Italian Serie A league after stints in the National Basketball Association and the NBA Developmental League following his college career. Karl played for the Broncos from 2003 to 2007 and finished with the third-most points in Boise State history with 1,698.
Karl has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in limited roles.
“I’m pretty excited. Last year they were a playoff team. I’m excited about trying to win some games,” Karl said.
Karl played last season with the Idaho Stampede of the D-League and spent the majority of the summer in Boise. He had previously played two seasons in Italy and wanted to pursue a roster position in the NBA one more time. Though Karl never landed on an NBA team, his playing career is far from over.
“Last year, me and my wife made the decision that we wanted to try to make the NBA one more time before the door had completely close. That’s what this year was,” Karl said. “It didn’t pan out, but we’ve enjoyed our chances to play in Europe.”
Obviously the NBA is the pinnacle for any professional basketball player. Karl has had his taste of the NBA, but was forced to move around frequently. In Europe, he tries to enjoy every part of the city he’s playing in.
“Basketball is basketball when you get on the court. The talent level in the european game is very, very close to what you see in the NBA.” It’s fun to see a new culture and try to learn a new language. You have to open up and accept it for what it is. Me and my wife try to enjoy it as much as we can.”
Many look at basketball outside of the United States as being substantially inferior to the NBA and its players. According to Karl, European basketball is highly competitive and hosts some of the most talented basketball players in the world.
“Basketball is basketball when you get on the court. The talent level in the european game is very, very close to what you see in the NBA,” Karl said.
Now, Karl is focusing on his playing career in Europe and a future in coaching. When Karl wore the blue and orange jersey, Boise State was still primarily looked upon as a football school.
“What the Boise State basketball program has done is it has really developed into a credible basketball school. I like seeing how passionate they are about winning. The staff has done a great job of producing and teaching winning skills,” Karl said.