Kobe Bryant breaks NBA record for most career missed shots

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has put his name into the NBA history books many times over, either by grabbing sole possession of records or steadily working his way up the lists of all-time greats. He has accomplished a great deal in his 19 seasons, and it's fair to assume he'll add more milestones to his resume before his career is done.

Unfortunately for Kobe, reaching many of those marks has also entailed making negative history. He made an especially notable record in Tuesday night's road game against the Memphis Grizzlies. With 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, Bryant missed his 13th shot of the game, a fadeaway jumper from the left post over Courtney Lee. It was also the 13,418th miss of his career, which put him ahead of Boston Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek for first on the all-time missed-field-goals list. Here's a look at the record-tying and breaking shots:

Kobe did not appear especially concerned with his new place in history:

The mere fact Kobe passed Havlicek, one of the best players in basketball history, proves this record is not an especially shameful one to hold. It is in many ways a mark of longevity and continued relevance, because someone cannot set a record for missed shots unless he is in a position to shoot many times. Basketball fans differ on whether Kobe should continue to be treated like one of the best players in the league at 36 years old, but the mere existence of the argument shows how special a career he has had.

At the same time, Kobe's mentality and style of play have garnered their fair share of criticism over the years, with various naysayers pointing to his propensity to force shots and look off others who may be more open. There is certainly some truth to these comments — Kobe has led the league in shot attempts six times in his career despite playing with some talented teammates — but he also owns a career field-goal percentage of 45.3 percent with a true shooting percentage of 55.5 percent (134th all-time and above league-average). Bryant has been pretty efficient over his career, even if he's not among the best ever.

If that's no consolation, then Kobe can take solace in knowing he should reach some more positive milestones soon enough. He is just 405 points behind Michael Jordan for third on the NBA all-time scoring list and should pass His Airness before the end of 2014.

Bryant finished Tuesday's game with 28 points on 10 of 26 from the field, with the Lakers losing to the Grizzlies by a score of 107-102. Those poor shooting numbers don't tell the whole story, though, because he logged a team-high plus-minus of +8 and helped the Lakers get back in the game from a 17-point deficit when he reentered in the fourth quarter. Kobe always gets most of the attention, but sometimes it's not all about him.

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Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!