Kobe’s Missed Games Throughout Career
Kobe Bryant, who was one of the most prolific basketball players of all time, also had his fair share of missed games. We take a look at how many games he missed throughout his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career, including:
- Ankle Injury (2004): Kobe missed the first 19 games of the 2004 season with a severe ankle sprain.
- Finger Injury (2007): Kobe tore a ligament in his right index finger and missed 17 games.
- Knee Injury (2013): Kobe suffered a torn Achilles and ended his season after playing just six games.
Total Games Missed
Kobe missed a total of 148 games throughout his career. This average of 7.4 games per season is the second-most of any Hall of Fame player. Michael Jordan, for example, averaged 6.4 games per season.
It is important to note, however, that Kobe’s 148 missed games were due to several major injuries. He was actually a very durable player who was able to play in 1,346 regular-season games and 220 playoff games over the course of his career.
Though he had to miss games due to injuries throughout his career, Kobe was still able to put together a legendary career. His 148 missed games pale in comparison to other great players, and do not take away from his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players ever.