Draymond Green reveals the best advice Kobe gave him



Draymond Green revealed that he turned to Kobe Bryant for advice when he was feeling down after the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals in a GQ feature story by Clay Skipper. Green says he didn’t know how to deal with everyone thinking he was kicking other players on purpose.

Bryant offered what Green calls “the best (expletive) I ever heard.” The Warriors power forward told GQ (with the NSFW words censored):

“I was going through all that s- with the media and with the kicks and I was (expletive) up,” Green says. “So I called Kobe [Bryant], and said, ‘[This] s- killing me, because these people are painting me to be something that I’m not, wondering, would I kick anybody on purpose? I wouldn’t kick anybody on purpose. It’s (expletive) up.'”

Bryant’s words, according to Green: Ninety-eight percent of people are okay with mediocrity or less. Guys like Bryant and Green, though, they’re out for something different-greatness. So, Green remembers Kobe saying, “as long as you wait for them to understand you, you’re (expletive).”

“It was the best s- I ever heard,” Green says. “Because it gave me an understanding of why people don’t understand me. I’m so crazy competitive. I put my competitiveness up there with anyone. How could someone understand that? It’s a different level.”

Another piece of advice Bryant has given Green that Green has been willing to share is from a text he got when the Warriors were trailing the Thunder 3-1 in the 2016 Western Conference finals. Bryant told him, “If making history was easy, why bother?”

The retired Laker has also been advising other NBA stars, including Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Gordon Hayward and Russell Westbrook.

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