Athletes find motivation in a myriad of ways. LeBron James reads The Godfather.Donovan Mitchell stirs up beef over Rookie of the Year. And Kevin Durant waits for a super long text from a teammate at 4 in the morning.
After Durant plodded through a pedestrian Game 3 performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, one that contributed to a blowout loss for the Golden State Warriors to cut their series lead to 2-1, Draymond Green, who was up late watching film of the loss, opened up his phone and let loose on Durant in the wee hours of the night.
In what is described as a “long-a** text message” by ESPN, Green urged Durant to be more aggressive and pull himself out of his funk.
“I just challenged him to be who he is. I had to tell him,” Green told ESPN. “I didn’t see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be. You know, I don’t hold back. When I see something’s wrong, I have to voice my opinion. There were no hard feelings. We’re just trying to win a ballgame.”
Durant, possibly half-awake, responded with a simple “I got you.” He then proceeded to drop 38 points as Golden State ran New Orleans off the floor in Game 4 to go up 3-1 and put the Pelicans in a choke hold.
Draymond Green: text message whisperer.