Kobe Bryant blames Lakers teammates in explaining unwanted record

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Kobe Bryant, in shooting 10-of-26 last night against the Memphis Grizzlies, usurped former Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek to claim the honor of having missed the most amount of field goals in NBA history.

In the aftermath of his 13,421st miss from distance the Black Mamba was quizzed as to whether there was any particular shot that stood out for him during his career.

Bryant, as you might expect, opted against highlighting any crucial postseason shots or clutch moment mishaps, instead hinting his record wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't had such ineffective teammates.

"Yeah, all the ones where I've had to bail the team out at the end of the shot clock," Kobe said via Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.

"It annoys the crap out of me. Kills my field goal percentage," the 16-time All-Star continued.

Kobe often handles his post-game media duties with tongue firmly in cheek, and whilst that may be the case with this comment we can't help but think that deep down Bryant believes it.

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Having been the go-to-guy for the majority of his Los Angeles Lakers career Kobe's shooting ability has been his downfall when it comes to stats such as the one mentioned above.

With his Lakers teammates often dwindling down the shot clock as they look for space and a good look it has often been down to Bryant to attempt to rescue the situation when the ball ultimately arrives in his hands with two seconds to go and two players in his way.

This has been happening more and more as Kobe's teammates get worse and worse, and is happening at a near record pace so far this season.

Still the go to guy

Don't get us wrong Kobe Bryant needs no second invitation to take a shot on if even a half-chance opens up on the court. But he is right in as much as his teammates look to him almost exclusively when they seek a magic moment.

An incident in last night's loss to the Grizzlies proves the point exactly. Down late in the game and needing a shot Jeremy Lin opted to find an open Jordan Hill rather than Kobe Bryant. With Hill missing the shot, he, Lin and Kobe have all put the play down as a miscommunication since - clearly showing no one but Kobe is yet entrusted with the key shots.

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