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Kobe Bryant Explains Why Draymond Green Is Key to Warriors' Success

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    Kobe Bryant Explains Why Draymond Green Is Key to Warriors' Success
    Josh Schrock
    Kobe Bryant explains why Draymond Green is key to Warriors' success

    It's safe to say Kobe Bryant is a fan of what Draymond Green does on the basketball court.

    The Los Angeles Lakers legend made Green the focus of the latest episode of his ESPN+ series "Detail," and he gushed about the three-time All-Star's game.

    While dissecting film from the Warriors' Game 6 win over the Houston Rockets, Bryant explained why he believes Green is the key to the Dubs' offensive success. 

    During the first half in Game 6 against Houston, Steph Curry brought the ball up the floor after the Rockets scored. He passed the ball to Green, who was wide open on the left wing, while Klay Thompson sprinted along the baseline. The minute the ball touched Green's hands, it was already on its way to Thompson in the corner. 

    "Draymond's willingness to give up his own shooting and looking for his own offense is what really separates Golden State," Bryant said. "I mean he's open here. He doesn't even look at the shot because he knows Klay is running that baseline. He sees it now. He already knows."

    Bryant also highlighted Shaun Livingston on the same play and how, despite being open at the 3-point line, he cut to the hoop to open things up for Thompson. 

    "On most teams, (Green) would look for his own shot. Then he would swing it to Livingston, who would then look for his own shot because they are open," Bryant said. "But instead of looking for their own shot, they say OK, 'Where is our bread and butter?' ... So Livingston gives himself up to free up Klay. Draymond gives himself up to get the ball to Klay, and this is what you get."

    Spoiler alert: Klay made the wide-open 3-pointer.

    Bryant went on to say that Green's game is exactly what teams need in today's NBA.

    "People say that in today's NBA, everybody talks about the 3-point shot being what's more important and having bigs that can stretch the floor," Bryant said. "That's not what's really most important, I think. What's most important is to have a four that can handle the ball ... The most important thing is to have a four that handles that ball. I mean that creates so many problems for the defense. "

    High praise.

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    I'm sure this won't be the last time the Warriors end up in "Detail."