Kobe Bryant sets all-time record for misses

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Kobe Bryant set the NBA record for missed shots his way – inefficiently.

Needing 13 misses entering the night to break the record, Kobe raced to tie John Havlicek’s mark. The Lakers superstar missed his 12th shot against the Grizzlies with 2:49 left in the third quarter. But he drew a couple fouls to close the period and began the fourth quarter on the bench, leaving history to wait.

Finally, 15 seconds after re-entering the game, Kobe missed a 14-footer with 6:22 to take sole possession the record. It took longer than expected, but basketball immortality was his as his stat line hit 7-for-20.

Here’s the all-time leader board:

Player From To G FG FGA Missed shots
Kobe Bryant 1997 2015 1252 11118 24536 13418
John Havlicek 1963 1978 1270 10513 23930 13417
Elvin Hayes 1969 1984 1303 10976 24272 13296
Karl Malone 1986 2004 1476 13528 26210 12682
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 1989 1560 15837 28307 12470
Michael Jordan 1985 2003 1072 12192 24537 12345
Dominique Wilkins 1983 1999 1074 9963 21589 11626
Elgin Baylor 1959 1972 846 8693 20171 11478
Allen Iverson 1997 2010 914 8467 19906 11439
Wilt Chamberlain 1960 1973 1045 12681 23497 10816
Vince Carter 1999 2015 1155 8431 19088 10657
Kevin Garnett 1996 2015 1383 10329 20771 10442
Dirk Nowitzki 1999 2015 1196 9467 19860 10393
Ray Allen 1997 2014 1300 8567 18955 10388
Alex English 1977 1991 1193 10659 21036 10377
Hal Greer 1959 1973 1122 8504 18811 10307
Bob Cousy 1951 1970 924 6168 16468 10300
Hakeem Olajuwon 1985 2002 1238 10749 20991 10242
Paul Pierce 1999 2015 1184 8228 18417 10189
Oscar Robertson 1961 1974 1040 9508 19620 10112
Jerry West 1961 1974 932 9016 19032 10016
Gary Payton 1991 2007 1335 8708 18698 9990
Moses Malone 1977 1995 1329 9435 19225 9790
Dolph Schayes 1950 1964 996 5863 15427 9564
Patrick Ewing 1986 2002 1183 9702 19241 9539

As Kurt wrote earlier, Kobe set this record only because he was the Lakers’ go-to scorer so long. Lesser players don’t get the opportunity to miss so many shots. The above list is full of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers for a reason.

But Kobe’s gunning stands alone now in history with a record he could hold for quite some time.

Colorado junior forward Tyler Bey declares for NBA Draft

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University of Colorado forward Tyler Bey has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft:

The junior averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Buffaloes. Bey shot 53% from the field overall and 74.3% at the free throw line.

Bey also extended his range a bit in his third year at Colorado. He knocked down 13-of-31 three-pointers (41.9%) on the season. At just six-foot-seven, he’ll need to be able to score from behind the arc to find a place in the NBA.

Most draft analysts have Bey pegged as an early second-round pick. Some thought he could play his way into the back-end of the first-round with strong pre-draft workouts. With the pre-draft process up in the air, NBA front offices may have to make their decisions based on what they’ve already seen in person and on tape.

Stephon Marbury has arrangement to procure 10 million medical masks for New York

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Former NBA player Stephon Marbury told The New York Post that he’s arranged a deal to deliver 10 million N95 medical masks to New York. These masks are much-needed among healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marbury is having the masks produced at cost in China, where he played the last seven years of his career.

Although Marbury currently lives in Beijing, China, he said “At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn. This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”

While growing up, Marbury starred at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and on New York City’s famed playgrounds. After one year at Georgia Tech, Marbury left for the NBA. The high-scoring guard played for five teams during his 13-year NBA career, including his hometown New York Knicks.

After sitting out for two seasons, Marbury signed to play for the Beijing Ducks in 2011. The move was initially seen as a way for Marbury to prove he could still play at an NBA level. Instead, Beijing became home-away-from home for the New Yorker.

Marbury averaged 21.6 points per game in 271 contests spread over seven seasons with the Ducks.

Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung declares for 2020 NBA Draft

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Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung told ESPN Jonathan Givony that he’s declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft.

McClung first came to national prominence when his high school highlights blew up on YouTube:

In his second season at Georgetown, McClung averaged 15.7 points and 1.4 steals per game. A foot injury in late-January kept McClung out of the lineup for nearly a month. He returned for one game in late-February, but played just eight minutes off the Hoyas’ bench.

The six-foot-two guard is known for his deep shooting range and his highlight dunks. McClung’s shot is inconsistent however, as he shot under 40% in each of his first two seasons at Georgetown. McClung’s defense also needs work.

McClung projects to be a point guard in the NBA, due to his size. To make it as a lead guard, he’ll need to work on his ballhandling and playmaking. With those question marks, McClung is seen as a stretch to be drafted in the second round.

McClung stated he’s signing with an NBA/NCAA approved agent. That will allow him to keep his college eligibility as he goes through the pre-draft process.

Report: NBA Together asks players who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating plasma

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the NBA Together initiative is asking NBA players who have recovered from coronavirus to consider donating plasma:

NBA Together was created in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season.

One of the efforts NBA Together is supporting is the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. This project has brought together top medical specialists to determine if plasma donations could help in treating coronavirus.

Several NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19. This group includes Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons. All players reported either feeling no symptoms or have recovered from the affliction.