Should Kobe Bryant Be Criticized For Setting The Record For Missing The Most Shots In NBA History?
Last night, during a 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant set a record that’s probably going to stand for a long, long time. However, it’s not necessarily a record that Kobe wants or one that will paint him in a favorable light once he hangs his sneakers up for good and walks away from the game of basketball. Instead, it’s a record that some people think symbolizes him as a shoot-first player who has taken too many shots during his NBA career.
During the game against the Grizzlies, Kobe shot 10-for-26 from the field, and his 16 misses during the game gave him 13,421 missed shots for his career. That “helped” him pass Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek on the all-time missed shots list and gave him the most career misses in NBA history. After the game, Kobe claimed that he wasn’t aware of the record—”I don’t follow that stuff,” he said—but he also tried to downplay it and say that him setting the record wasn’t a big deal.
“I’m a shooting guard that’s played 19 years,” he said, before reporters continued to badger him with questions about the record. “Like I said, ‘shooting’ guards, 19th year.”
And to a degree, Kobe is right. He has been playing pro basketball for a long time now and he’s been asked to take a lot of shots in order to try and help his team succeed. So the fact that he has missed so many shots during his career shouldn’t be surprising. Everyone else on the all-time missed shots list—including players like Elvin Hayes, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and, yes, even Michael Jordan—was depended on to score points for his team, which meant that each player shot a lot and, therefore, missed a lot of shots. Kobe is no different.
But there are also some people who say that Kobe has shot the ball too much during his career, which is why he now holds the dubious record for most missed shots ever. We don’t necessarily agree with that—again, he’s been playing for 19 years now—but we do think that, this year in particular, Kobe is trying to do too much during games. He’s routinely firing up more than 25 shots per game and trying to win games on his own, rather than relying on his teammates. And it might ultimately lead to him being labeled a selfish player, which is what some people are already calling him as a result of his most recent record.
What do you think about Kobe’s new record? Is it a symbol of the kind of player he has been over the years, or do you think that it comes with the territory when you’re one of the best scorers in NBA history?