HONOLULU Hey, Kobe! Or is it Coby?
It can sure get puzzling in the Los Angeles Lakers' training now that Coby Karl is there with Kobe Bryant.
"I've been called Kobe II, Karl, Coby Karl," Karl said. "Kobe calls me Coby. But the confusion comes when someone else says it, and he looks and I look. For the most part, I know who they're talking to, but he has to get used to having another Coby around."
Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, said Lakers coach Phil Jackson slipped once and called him "George."
"I've been called 'Little George' and 'Little Karl' before, but that's the first time I've been specifically called 'George,"' he said. "But I knew who he was talking to, so it's all good."
Former Jazz guard Derek Fisher said things can get mixed up, but so far the two players have been on different teams during camp.
"And there's a clear difference between one and the other," he said.
Luke Walton said he hasn't had a problem.
"When the first team comes out, you're talking about Kobe. When red team comes out, you're talking about Coby Karl," Walton said. "He's playing great right now. He's a smart player and a lot of fun to have on the team."
Karl is named after his father's close friend and former San Antonio Spurs teammate, Coby Dietrick.
The undrafted free agent out of Boise State is fighting for a roster spot and is one of four players in camp without a guaranteed contract. The Lakers have 14 players under contract and have the option of adding one more.
Karl, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 12.2 points in five games for the Lakers' summer league team. He averaged 14.8 points and 4.0 assists as a senior at Boise State last season and was voted first team All-Western Athletic Conference. He is the Broncos' career leader in games played (127) and 3-pointers made (266) and ranks third with 1,698 points."I'm not going to change anything I've done. Try to be unselfish and help the team in whatever way I can," he said. "Hopefully I can knock down some shots because I think that's what they're looking for specifically."
NO SURGERY FOR CURRY: Eddy Curry doesn't need surgery on his sore right shoulder, and the New York Knicks center will be re-evaluated in one week.
Team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen agreed Tuesday with an original diagnosis of a labral tear with no rotator cuff damage. Curry will have treatment and rehab the injury.Curry was hurt late in the Knicks' training camp in Charleston, S.C., and sat out their victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in their exhibition opener. He will also miss Thursday's game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
HAWES TO UNDERGO KNEE SURGERY: Sacramento Kings rookie center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.
No timetable was given for his return. Hawes, the Kings' top draft pick selected 10th overall out of Washington, will have the procedure done in Seattle by his personal physician, Lawrence Holland.