Coping With Kobe Grief: ‘There’s No Giving Advice on This’

As I had hoped, Micah came back to me with some amazing lists and factoids, while acknowledging that there may be a handful of games missing from the 1950s and 1960s that can never be accounted for. If the fine folks from Basketball Reference don’t have the data, it is safe to assume that no one does.

The enclosed numbers and notes are as of last Thursday, when play resumed after the N.B.A. All-Star break.

Most regular-season “one shy” games in which the player missed a triple-double by one point, rebound, assist, steal or block:

1. Oscar Robertson — 71

2. Magic Johnson — 64

3. Jason Kidd — 57

4. Larry Bird — 56

5. LeBron James — 51

6. Russell Westbrook — 39

7T. Kevin Garnett — 29

7T. Wilt Chamberlain — 29

9. Scottie Pippen — 26

10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — 25

Most regular-season games falling one assist short:

1. Larry Bird — 36

2. Wilt Chamberlain — 29

3. Oscar Robertson — 28

4. Kevin Garnett — 28

5. LeBron James — 25

6. Charles Barkley — 20

Most regular-season games falling one rebound short:

1. Magic Johnson — 46

2. Oscar Robertson — 43

3. Jason Kidd — 37

4. LeBron James — 26

5. Russell Westbrook — 23

6. Larry Bird — 19

Most regular-season games falling one blocked shot short:

1. Hakeem Olajuwon — 13

2. Dikembe Mutombo — 12

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — 7

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/sports/basketball/kobe-bryant-grief.html