Kobe Bryant’s advice to Warriors’ Draymond Green on ‘dirty’ reputation
Draymond Green’s extra physical and intense play has gained him a reputation as a “dirty player.” This tag worried the Golden State Warriors forward for a bit. But things changed after he got some valuable advice from the late but great Kobe Bryant.
Green appeared on “The Brownprint” with Cari Champion where he revealed Bryant’s advice to him regarding the “dirty player” tag. Kobe Bryant hinted that Green should ignore these criticisms because not everyone fully understands what he’s chasing.
“You’re chasing something so much bigger, so much great than the average person can understand,” Green said of Bryant’s advice. “The reality is 99 percent of the world is OK with mediocrity. How do you even expect them to be able to understand you?”
Kobe Bryant knew that throughout Green’s career, Draymond received an ample amount of technical and flagrant fouls for his play. He was even suspended in the 2016 NBA Finals which many pointed out as the main reason for their eventual defeat.
Kobe Bryant referred to his own experiences, noting that he himself didn’t care about the noise and criticisms hurled at him. Green said, repeating Bryant’s advice:
“Dray, I never gave a f–k if they understood me because I knew I was on to something so much bigger than they could even understand.”
It’s another great story about the Los Angeles Lakers great. Kobe Bryant may not be here with us anymore. His legacy includes not just the five titles with the Lakers, but also the pieces of advice he left players like Green.