Kobe Bryant, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, is fouled by New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, right, as forward Carmelo Anthony, center, watches during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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The Lakers are atrocious. That makes this Celtics fan a little happy.

But at the same time, I feel sorry for one of the best to ever do it in Kobe Bryant. He's old, his skills have diminished, and he's relegated to trying to carry a team full of D-League talent.

Tuesday night, Bryant became the all-time leader in missed FGs in NBA history, passing John Havlicek.

Now, let's get one thing straight -- you don't even sniff that list unless you're a Hall of Famer. So, while all the gunner/ball hog jokes are apropos, you don't get to be that level of gunner/ball hog unless you are one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

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That should go without saying but it won't as people use the numbers to tell whatever story they want to tell. My story's this.

Kobe Bryant is the second-best shooting guard of all time. So ride off into the sunset doing what you do best, Black Mamba. Keep firing.

No reason to take any bullets into retirement.

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