MANILA, Philippines – Kobe Bryant takes a lot of shots. And when you take a lot of shots, you’re bound to miss quite a few as well.
The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard has set many records in his 19 seasons in the NBA but the one he set on Tuesday, November 11 (Wednesday PH time) isn’t one he’ll be bragging about much.
Bryant set the record for most missed field goal attempts in an NBA career in a 107-102 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, eclipsing the previous mark held by Boston Celtics sixth man specialist John Havlicek in the fourth quarter, shooting 10-26 for 28 points in 37 minutes to set the new mark at 13,420.
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Bryant took the record in stride. “I’m a shooting guard who has played 19 years,” said Bryant, who also passed Michael Jordan for third place in field goals attempted.
Bryant is coming off back-to-back injury plagued seasons in which he played a combined 12 games. He entered the Memphis game a career .453% shooter but is so far shooting below 40% for the first time in his career.
With the team riddled by injuries to players like Steve Nash and Julius Randle, Bryant has put much of the scoring burden on himself, which has produced performances like his 37-attempt game against the Suns on November 4.
The Lakers now drop to 1-6 on the season while Memphis wins its 17th straight home game dating back to last season and moves to 7-1.
Lakers’ backup guard Wayne Ellington did not travel with the team after his father was killed in Philadelphia on Sunday night. – Rappler.com
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