Karl shows little rust in his Warriors debut
OKLAHOMA CITY — Third-year swingman Coby Karl set a career high with six assists in 24 minutes in the Warriors' 112-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. He also tied a personal best with six points before fouling out for the first time.
Not bad for an NBA Development League call-up who hasn't even had a shootaround with his new team.
"I will probably feel it tomorrow, but I love being out there," said Karl, who signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors on Sunday. "I expected that I was going to get on the floor and he was going to give me an opportunity. By no means did I think I was going to be on the floor at the end of the game or playing 20 minutes. But they made it clear that if you play well, you'll be on the floor."
The Warriors needed to add a player after releasing Cartier Martin — who had completed his second and final 10-day contract Saturday — to prevent having to sign him for the remainder of the season. So they grabbed Karl from the Idaho Stampede. Sunday was his first NBA action since Dec. 6, the last of three appearances with Cleveland.
"I thought Karl was good," coach Don Nelson said. "We had nice ball movement when he was in there. I liked what he did for us."
Nelson picked it up before Kennedy could provide the assist, a sign his back is feeling better. He didn't stand at all Friday during a loss to visiting Charlotte. But Nelson got off the bench a few times Sunday, although he didn't stand completely straight.
Still, Nelson is going to skip practice today in Houston. Instead, he will be getting treatment on his back in Dallas, where his personal physician practices.
"Nellie is (almost) 70 years old," forward Corey Maggette said. "It's going to take some time. Your back doesn't magically heal in one day. It may take five to six days, a week-plus. He'll be all right. He's still smoking a cigar, so he's fine."
Ellis and Denver's Chauncey Billups highlight a list of guards in the West who are having All-Star-caliber seasons. But if Stern selects the biggest snub, he might be go with Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman.
Vladimir Radmanovic played only three minutes, air-balling his only shot and committing a turnover.
— MARCUS THOMPSON II