: Lakers coach Phil Jackson actually cited Karl and fellow rookie Elton Brown on Sunday night as the "most impressive" of anyone so far in training camp.
"He makes shots," Jackson said of the 6-foot-5 Karl. "He's got a concept of what we're trying to do out on the floor."
His chances of making the Lakers' roster aren't necessarily great — but are very much there. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he'd prefer the flexibility of staying one shy of the 15-player roster maximum (the Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts already), but Kupchak said that last spot is there for someone to earn in camp.
Karl, 24, got a start on that with an impressive summer-league stint for the Lakers and hasn't let up yet. It helps that he's used to playing ball in hiking boots, always going uphill.
"I've dealt with it my whole career," Karl said. "Honestly, I was never highly recruited in high school. I didn't start until midway through my junior year. In college, I was a walk-on at Boise State. I've always had to work and prove myself, so that's the situation I'm in again. I enjoy it. I enjoy trying to get people's respect."
That's why Karl didn't want to go try for a roster spot in Denver, where his father is the coach. Instead, he reasoned that the triangle offense was a great fit for him.
"The Lakers run the type of offense that I can fit into in the NBA," Karl said. "It allows me to spot up; it allows me to use my size."
Given that "Kobe" obviously dominates all things Lakers, Jackson said he calls Karl by his full name. But Karl revealed that Jackson has a little more fun than just that, saying: "I've gotten 'Coby Karl.' Then there's 'Coby II.' And he called me 'George' again today."
Then Karl added: "As long as he's calling me something by the end of this month, he can call me whatever he wants."
Although he was walking without a limp Sunday, Ronny Turiaf is scheduled for an MRI on a right knee he hurt in a scrimmage Saturday night. …
Bryant returned to practice after a day and a half resting his right knee. …
Jackson praised the camp play of Jordan Farmar and Vladimir Radmanovic so far.