Lakers' Kobe Bryant is closing in on unwanted NBA record

Kobe takes aim (©GettyImages)

Kobe Bryant has been making buckets in the NBA for longer than many of us care to remember, racking up over 31,000 points since 1996.

But having spent such an extended period in the league there are inevitably plenty of shots that have gotten away from the 16-time All-Star.

Off the mark

And whilst his shot-happy style has brought great success both personally and for the Los Angeles Lakers it has left Kobe closing in on an unwanted NBA record that he looks set to break in the coming days.

As noted by Slam Magazine, Bryant is just thirteen missed shots away from becoming the NBA's all-time leader in missed field goal attempts.

After missing 13 shots during the Lakers' first win of the season Sunday night Kobe has now missed the mark on 13,405 occasions during regular-season action.

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Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek currently holds the record with 13,417 missed FGs in 1,270 games and he must be hoping he can rid himself of the unwanted honor when the Lakers next take to the court in what will be Kobe's 1,252nd regular-season game.

Kobe began the 2014-15 season looking like a man determined to get the record, with only three players in the league having attempted as many shots (73) as the Black Mamba had missed as of November 5.

Victim of circumstance

With the current Lakers roster relying heavily on their veteran star to help produce on offense it is no surprise that Bryant has adopted an even more aggressive shooting policy in the early stages of the campaign.

And throughout his career Kobe has never been shy of attempting a field goal shot no matter the obstacles in his path - taking some criticism in the process despite the fact that without his scoring efforts the Lakers' recent history might look very different.

But Lakers coach Byron Scott is undeterred by the numbers, insisting he is more than happy to see Bryant takes those sort of risks on a regular basis.

"He’s never been shy and has always been aggressive," Scott told reporters recently.

Kobe will have the chance to pass the milestone when the Lakers take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

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