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Draymond Green has revealed his phone call with Kobe Bryant during the “lowest point” of his career with Golden State Warriors.
It happened when Draymond was suspended for the Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2016 for swinging at LeBron James.
“I think 2016 was probably the lowest point of my NBA career, where a chain of events just kind of almost took me down, too,” said Green.
“Kobe reached out to me…It’s almost like crying to your older brother like,
“Kobe, I don’t know what to do, these people trying to take me out, police trying to take me out, the media is trying to take me out, everybody’s trying to take me out and I don’t know what to do’. It just felt like my career was caving in on me.
“To get that call… he told me, he said, ‘Draymond, 99 percent of the world is okay with mediocrity, or worse. But, at best, mediocrity. You’re chasing something so much bigger that, how do you ever expect anyone to understand?’
“For me, that was all I needed to hear. Especially coming from a guy that I loved since I was a kid, that I have the utmost respect for, that I ended up building a relationship with.
“That meant the world to me. Kobe said f*** everybody, just f*** everybody. I was able to hold on to that and rally and just keep going and build on that.
“For me, Kobe was a real guy, a special, special person.”
Source – Metro