Kobe Bryant has achieved many things in his career. From the championships to the incredible performances, his greatness cannot be denied. However, Kobe recently attained another record in the NBA: the most missed shots ever. The way it was received by any and all sports fans was definitely an interesting thing to see across social media. Well, Eddie and Mike wanted to give their takes on what the record actually means for Kobe. Here is Mike with his thoughts.
Kobe Bryant is on the last legs of his career. His team is not looking so great and it looks like there are no more championships in sight. So what else is there for him to accomplish? Of course he will continue to climb the scoring list, but he just recently took his place atop a list that no one talks about: the most missed shots in NBA history. With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter of November 12th’s game versus the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe achieved 13,421 missed shots, one more than legendary Boston Celtics player John Havlicek. And with that, many started to celebrate the “achievement” of Kobe Bryant via social media. Some even went as far as saying that it was great that he was even around to even miss that many shots. In my opinion, this was the most mind-boggling thing I had seen in social media.
Many times, we see players get congratulated for making things happen that can be celebrated as career achievements. Who can forget when Peyton Manning set the career touchdowns record in the NFL? That was truly something that took hard work to make happen. As far as missing a shot in the NBA, there have been plenty that have done so. And honestly, if you missed too many, you were probably visiting the unemployment line because you could not do anything else on the court. There have not been too many players stay in the NBA despite missing tons of their shots. The only one that comes to mind was former Spurs guard Bruce Bowen. When he first became an NBA player, he was a horrible shooter. But the fact that he played great defense helped him stick in the league and eventually he stuck somewhere when he learned how to shoot the corner three for the San Antonio Spurs. But beyond, Bowen, can we name another guy that stuck around that long and could not hit a wide open shot? Exactly. They are few and far between.
This record is more than likely one that Kobe never wished his name was associated with in his career. It’s almost the equivalent of having a record for the most consecutive losses or the most misses in a row. These records of futility are things that make you want to duck your head in the sand rather than poke your chest out and be proud. Kobe, we know you are great, but there is no way that anyone should be celebrating a missed shot record ever at all. I would much rather tuck this information away in the category of needless information.
Eddie, on the other hand, had other ideas on how the missed shot record should be viewed.
Records are being broken left and right in every facet of the sports world. A few weeks ago we saw Peyton Manning pass Brett Favre for most touchdowns thrown in the history of the NFL. Now, not all records are viewed by players as something they want to surpass. Last week, we saw Kobe Bryant break a record that falls in that category as he now is the now record holder for most field goals missed in NBA history. Bryant needed 13 missed shots heading into a game against the Memphis Grizzlies to pass the previous record holder, Boston Celtic legend Bob Havlicek.
My colleague Mike Patton text me last week to get my thoughts on Kobe breaking that record, being that I’m a big Kobe fan. I told him I was fine with it because you have to shoot the ball to score. He proceeded to ask me why it should be recognizable. I told him typically it wouldn’t, but with Bryant, it’s different. Bryant is not just any player; he’s one of the games greatest players to ever step on a court. To some, like Mr. Patton, this record is nothing to be honored for. But again this isn’t just any player, it’s one of the best of all time.
Bryant is in his 19th NBA season, 21 if you want to add all of his playoff time. His record of most missed shots will come off as selfish to most, but is that really a bad thing? When people want to be the absolute best at their craft, they work on honing and perfecting that craft and doing whatever it takes to become the best. From day one, Bryant has set out to be the best basketball player. He wants to be the man to score at will (which he still does, even at age 36), and win championships as well. He wants to and has proven to be the guy that isn’t afraid to shoot the ball. Now, all of his shots aren’t high quality, but that’s what adds to this record, because for as many misses as he has, he’s also had a lot of makes in those bad-quality shots.
A shooting guard’s job is to shoot the rock. When a shooter is able to play for an extended period of time, there will be a lot of shots taken. Bryant has played in the NBA his entire adult life. Think about that: for the past 18 years, Kobe has played for the Lakers at the shooing guard position. I’ll reiterate this: a shooting guard’s job is to shoot the basketball. In a career that is nearly two decades, a ton of shots will be taken, as Kobe has shown by now, holding the record for most missed field goals. The biggest reason this isn’t such a “bad” record for Kobe is due to where he sits on the scoring list. He is one of four players in NBA history to reach the 32,000 point plateau, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan. All three of those players rank in the top 6 for most field goals missed. Bryant will take no shame in holding this record and he shouldn’t.
The longevity of Bryant’s career is what’s makes this record memorable and not one that he shouldn’t take pride in. Kobe will continue to shoot, because that’s what he is paid to do and he’s going to get his money’s worth.
One subject but two varying opinions. So on which side do you stand? Is it something to be recognized or nothing to even pay attention to at all? And for more sports discussion on this topic and others, feel free to follow Eddie@KingEdward15 and Mike @General_MP.