Kobe Bryant has developed an interesting relationship with Draymond Green over the past year, becoming a sort of mentor for the young Warriors star.

Bryant has given him plenty of valuable advice in the past, but after another brutal loss for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, the Black Mamba chimed in once again.

With the Oklahoma City Thunder now leading the series three games to one, Golden State will have to become just the 10th team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 deficit to win a series if they want to get back to the Finals.

Kobe sent Draymond a text message after Game 4 that was very short, but very impactful.

“If making history was easy, why bother?” Bryant said in the text, as Green revealed.

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Green immediately embraced Bryant's sentiments.

“That's 100 percent right,” said Green. “It ain't easy. It's a struggle, and I gotta make sure it builds character. And so, I'm looking forward to the challenge, I've never backed down from a challenge, and this team has never backed down from a challenge, and we won't start now.”

Draymond needs to bounce back if the Warriors are going to have a shot. He finished with a combined minus-73 in Game's 3 and 4, and he often looked lost on the court. The same fire that we're used to seeing in Green's eyes hasn't been there lately.

With their season on the line in Game 5, expect Green and the rest of the Warriors to come out with a sense of urgency and feed off the energy at Oracle Arena.

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