Kobe Bryant broke the record last night for most missed shots in NBA history.
Bryant went 10-26 for a game-high 26 points in a 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He has now missed 13,421 shots in his 19-year NBA career, passing Boston Celtics’ great John Havlicek for the all-time shots missed record.
"You can't worry about criticism,” Bryant said. “You can't worry about failure. You really can't worry about that stuff."
Although Bryant now holds the record for most missed shots, he also ranks fourth in the NBA all-time points scored list. He stands behind NBA legends Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—who also rank sixth, fourth, and fifth in missed shots, respectively.
Bryant’s failures come along with a great deal of success. Consider Michael Jordan’s quote, for instance:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Bryant is known for taking many shots in a game, which explains him scoring so many points and also missing so many shots. He has missed 20 or more shots in 44 games in his career, but is also averaging 25.5 points per game in his career.