Draymond Green reveals the Kobe Bryant phone call that saved his NBA career

Draymond Green reveals how Kobe Bryant reached out to him in 2016 (Getty Images)

Draymond Green has revealed how Kobe Bryant reached out to him during the ‘lowest point’ of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.

The 29-year-old was referring to when he was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2016 for swinging at LeBron James. The Golden State Warriors went on to lose the series to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Green, who is a three-time NBA champion with the Warriors, has revealed how Bryant contacted him following his suspension to give him advice about how to handle the situation.

‘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.

Draymond Green clashed LeBron James during the NBA Finals in 2016 (Getty Images)

‘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.

Kobe Bryant and Draymond Green both played for the Western Conference at the NBA All-Star Game in 2016 (Getty Images)

‘For me, Kobe was a real guy, a special, special person.’

Green was visibly emotional when asked to comment on Bryant’s death following the helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

‘I think this is one where I don’t really want to talk about it. I’m trying to escape it, you know,’ said Green.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were both killed in the crash (Getty)

‘I’m not a mental health expert, so I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do but that’s how I feel.

‘For me I just want to escape it. I don’t want to talk to nobody about Kobe.

‘I’d rather talk to Kobe.

‘That’s not something I want to talk about, I’m trying to get as far away from it as I can.’


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