Draymond Green got a text fresh off his Golden State Warriors being beat down by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
The message to the Warriors' All-Star forward was short, but stirred plenty of inspiration — a healthy slice of Black Mamba motivation, if you will.
"If making history was easy, why bother?" the text read and it came from none other than NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Major key... from a five-time NBA champion and future Hall of Famer at that.
With the defending champion Warriors on the brink of elimination — mired in a 3-1 series hole against the Thunder — it's do or die for Dub Nation and Green thinks Kobe's seven-word statement might have set the tone for Game 5 back in Oakland on Thursday night.
"He's 100 percent right," Green said in an Uninterrupted clip posted Wednesday. "It ain't easy. It's a struggle and I gotta make sure it builds character and we gotta make sure it builds character."
Peep Money Green relay Kobe's sage words here.
After winning an NBA single-season record 73 games during the regular season, Green and the Warriors find themselves in the dubious position of trying to become only the 10th team in league history to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
The same Uninterrupted clip had Green stating confidently that his squad hasn't backed down from any challenge all year and that they will fight their way back into the series.
Back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry kept the confidence all the way up as well, while speaking with ESPN.
“It's a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game. But I think we're a special team that this isn't how we're going to go out," Curry said. "So we're going to figure out how we can take care of these next 48 minutes on Thursday, and then we'll talk.”
With the way Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and OKC have been balling against the Warriors, we'll see how that talk goes late Thursday night, Steph.
Is it a wrap for the Warriors or can they claw their way back?
As ruthless as KD and Russ have been, we gotta roll with the former at this point — no matter how much Black Mamba motivation Kobe serves up.
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