Draymond Green has had the definition of an up and down week.
The Golden State Warriors man has watched his team fall to a 3-1 deficit in their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder and unless they can produce something better than their last two outings, they are staring elimination in the face.
The power forward has also been at the centre of controversy this week after he appeared to punt Steven Adams of the Thunder in the groin in game three.
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Green would escape a suspension for the incident and instead had his initial flagrant one upgraded to a flagrant two on top of a $25,000 fine.
In lighter news, the Dubs No. 23 was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team yesterday for the second consecutive year. After narrowly missing out on the Defensive Player of the Year award, it was almost a lock that Green would find himself with First Team honours and he joins Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul and Avery Bradley on the elite list.
After the 94-118 game four loss to the Thunder, the 26-year-old received another unexpected piece of positive news, but in the way of a text.
In a video segment for Bleacher Report’s Uninterrupted, Green said that Kobe Bryant texted him these words: “If making history was easy, why bother?”
Kobe knows all about making history. The Black Mamba might have played his last ever NBA game back in April - where he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz - but the 20-year league veteran has been very vocal in his praise for Green since winding down.
The Lakers legend clearly identifies with Green. It's very easy to see why; they are two alpha-males who aren't afraid of making a stir or creating conflict within their ranks. Although they might not always be universally liked, those kind of characters can be important driving forces behind successful teams.
Kobe sees that in Green. It's a timely pick-me-up for the Warriors catalyst and he'll need to draw inspiration from one of the greatest players to ever set foot on the hardwood pretty quickly.
Golden State faces Oklahoma City on home soil at the Oracle Arena on Thursday evening and unless they pull out a victory, the season will come to a premature end for the reigning NBA champions.
After winning a record-setting 73 games during the regular season, it would be anti-climactic for the Warriors to not go on and hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.
It was the Chicago Bulls' record of 72-10 from 1996 that they broke this term, but that famous Windy City unit went on to win the title as well that year with Michael Jordan driving them to greatness.
Making history isn't easy, but the Golden State Warriors are certainly bothered. Will Kobe inspire Green to a match-winning performance in game five?