Lakers’ Kobe Bryant nearing NBA all-time record in missed shots

first_imgA trend has emerged that highlights Kobe Bryant’s longevity, prolific play and main weakness. When the Lakers (1-5) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (5-1) Tuesday night at FedEx Forum, Bryant will only need to miss 13 more shots to set the NBA’s all-time leader in total misses. Former Celtics great John Havlicek currently owns the record with 13,417 missed shots in 1,270 games, while Bryant has missed 13,405 shots in 1,251 appearances. The blessing involving Bryant: his five NBA championships and fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list show his high-volume shooting approach has mostly worked through 19 seasons. The curse involving Bryant: his non-stop shooting has created offensive imbalance either through his own impatience or because teammates have deferred to him. Not that this surprises Lakers coach Byron Scott, who mentored Bryant during his rookie season when he hoisted three consecutive airballs in the Lakers’ playoff loss to Utah. “I just wanted to throw a little shot at him,” Davis said. “I know he’s coming for me eventually, though.”Davis has also attracted attention this season for other reasons. Davis has averaged 10.3 points on a 71.1 percent clip from the field and 6.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes off the bench. The Lakers signed Davis this summer to a two-year deal after he played in Memphis last season behind a flooded frontcourt that included Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.“It’s definitely a lot of motivation going back there because they gave up on me,” Davis said. “It is a team that I definitely want to get a win against.”Injury updateLakers forward Nick Young had his cast removed on Monday from his surgically repaired right thumb. Scott hopes he can begin full-contact practicing next week …. Lakers forward Ryan Kelly will travel with the team for games against Memphis (Tuesday) and New Orleans (Wednesday), though it is unclear if he will play after nursing a sore right hamstring in the past week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “We knew about him at that time … that it was going to make him stronger,” Scott said. “It did. He’s come back with a vengeance.”The current Lakers have tried to strike the balance between relying on Bryant’s heroics and ensuring the burden does not rest on his scoring. After playing in only six games last season with injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee, Bryant has averaged 26.5 points, which ranks second best in the NBA behind Golden State’s Steph Curry (27.7 points per game). But Bryant has also shot a career-low 39.5 percent from the field. “He still believes he can be the best player in the league every time he steps on the court,” Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said. “A lot of nights he shows that. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit because it’s hard to do. Kobe makes shots that most guys couldn’t even think about doing. That’s why fans come every night. You might see him do something that night that you’ll never see again in your life. He’s worth the admission price.”Revenge gameLakers forward Ed Davis sparked immediate attention after offering some vulgar words on Twitter for TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who vowed to fast until the Lakers won a game. last_img read more