Kobe Bryant boasts a host of honors and achievements in his career, but there’s one stat he won’t be proud of when it’s time to call it a career–which is the fact that he became the NBA’s leader in field goal misses.
Kobe will go down as one of the game’s greatest players when he does it call it quits, but he’ll forever be linked to the record books for missed field goals after setting the record on Tuesday night during the final minutes against Houston Rockets.
With 2:27 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Kobe shot his final field goal attempt of this night and missed–which gave him 15,296 misses for his career. In doing so, he overtook John Havlicek with combined misses in both the regular season and the postseason.
If you were to take out the misses in the postseason, Kobe would be sitting in third on the list behind Elvin Hayes and Michael Jordan. Some of the names on the list are some of the game’s greatest players and despite all the misses throughout his career, Kobe has still knocked down 30,000 points–which is something only four other players in the history of the NBA have ever done.
Bryant has been in the league for 16 seasons–which means he has taken more shots than most players and inevitably miss more as well. Kobe is one of the most lethal finishers fans have ever had the pleasure of watching and is a natural born scorer who has dedicated his life to be conditioned in the best way.
In fact, his hard work and dedication is one of the reasons why he has been on top of his game for such a long time. It’s no surprise to see the amount of shots he takes per game considering he’s averaging over 25 points per game throughout his career.
It might be surprising that a player held in such high regard who has five championships rings has a stat against him which doesn’t sound good. One of the greatest coaches that has been in the league is Lenny Wilkens, but he stands in second place with the most amount of NBA rings and not many people realize he also has the most amount of losses in the NBA with 1,155.
The fact that Kobe and Wilkens have set these most unwanted records can only pay tribute to their longevity they have had within the league.