Draymond Green may rub some people the wrong way but he has an admirer in Kobe Bryant. A fan of Green's tenacity, Bryant gave a pair of his shoes to the Warriors All-Star after they last played against each other and also told him to "make history." The Warriors were chasing after 73 wins at the time but that encouragement to "make history" came back up again in a text message Bryant sent Green after Golden State lost Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

In his Uninterrupted video diary after Tuesday's loss, Green revealed that Bryant had sent him a text message that said, "If making history was easy, why bother?"

Green agreed with Bryant's message."That's 100 percent right. It ain't easy." Green said. "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."

The Warriors have a massive challenge in front of them. They are on the brink of elimination and the Thunder beat them pretty thoroughly in both Games 3 and 4, handing Golden State consecutive losses for the first time all season. Green has also played quite poorly and will need to step up to essentially help save Golden State' season.

The Warriors are favored to win Game 5 though and will have to simply keep winning in order to, as Bryant put it, "make history" and come back from a 3-1 deficit.

Kobe provides some sage wisdom to Draymond Green. (USATSI)