Kobe Bryant tells Draymond Green to become a leader for the Warriors after Lakers win

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It shouldn't have even been close. The game was a foregone conclusion. Never write off the underdog.

The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Golden State Warriors last night, providing us with the biggest regular season upset of the NBA season so far as they did their best to ruin the Warriors' chances of breaking the 95-96 Bulls' 72-10 season record in a convincing win over a lacklustre Golden State side. 

Speaking in the aftermath of the 112-95 upset, Kobe Bryant had some words for one Warriors star in particular. No, it wasn't Steph Curry - rather Draymond Green who the retiring legend wanted to dish out some advice too.

According to Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports, Bryant told Green - an emotional player with his heart on his sleeve, much like Kobe - that he has to become the leader of this Golden State team and really take over where it's needed, in the locker room.

"He's the one that has to keep his finger on the nerve with this team," Kobe said.

"Because it can get lax, it can get comfortable, and I think he's the one that's going to have to create that conflict, that tension in the locker room, because if they don't have that, then in the playoffs, then they are going to be in trouble," Bryant went on to add.

The 26-year-old Green is still a veritable youngster in terms of the NBA but he grabbed the unofficial mantle of "emotional leader" of the Warriors last year, during a breakout season in which he not only saw his stats rise across virtually all categories but also earned the trust of his teammates and head coach Steve Kerr.

Now, though, Green has to step things up another level and become that real general that it seems the Warriors need so badly right now. Like Kobe says, sometimes leaders have to do things that may sometimes make teammates resent them - but when it's for the greater good of the team, these things have to be done.

That aforementioned emotion and fiery personality of Green's came out during a profanity-laced outburst at halftime of a comeback win at Oklahoma City two weeks ago, one that later prompted Green to apologize to his teammates for being a distraction and to Steve Kerr.

After speaking with Kobe, Draymond seemed even more determined to not allow the Warriors to let their chance at NBA immortality slip.

"He's that guy and probably one of the best to ever do that. For what he's done for the game, being a fan of him, to hear that from him, means a lot, and it's one of those things it makes you want to do it even more," Green said.

"That's a guy who's been there, done that, he's won back-to-back championships like we're trying to do, so he knows what it takes, he knows what you have to do."

"You just take the advice. You know you have to bring some leadership to the table and you just remember what he told you. I'm not sure how you do it, but try to find a way."

Can the Warriors go back-to-back and make history? It remains to be seen. But expect Draymond Green to be a lot more of a leader after this chat with Kobe.

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