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Report: South Bay Lakers head coach Coby Karl won’t return next season

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The Los Angeles Lakers have undergone shakeups with the coaching staff this offseason, and it appears the South Bay Lakers are following suit.

The G League was also cut short last season when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and though there was a small bubble for a limited number of teams to participate in, the Lakers weren’t involved.

The NBA is planning to bring back the G League in its usual format next season, which means teams will have to prepare full rosters and a coaching staff for the new campaign.

For South Bay, the team is expecting turnover, starting with Coby Karl, according to Harrison Faigen of SB Nation:

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Karl, son of prominent NBA coach George Karl, has coached the Lakers’ G League team since 2016.

In the 2019-20 season, the Lakers posted a 19-25 record, fourth in the Pacific Division, before the pandemic cancelled the season.

South Bay also finished last in the Pacific Division in 2018-19, but in the season prior, the Lakers went to the conference finals before losing.

Karl was also involved in helping multiple players receive call-ups with the L.A. Lakers, including guard Alex Caruso.

Now, Nick Mazzella, general manager of South Bay since 2014-15, and the Lakers need to find a replacement.

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