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Bob Myers tells hilarious story of playing H-O-R-S-E with Kobe Bryant

Bob Myers tells hilarious story of playing H-O-R-S-E with Kobe Bryant

Before he joined the Warriors as assistant general manager in April 2011, Bob Myers served as an NBA player agent.

He worked for the legendary Arn Tellem, who was Kobe Bryant's first agent. So naturally, Myers crossed paths with Kobe quite often in the late 1990s and early 2000s. And during a radio appearance Monday morning on 95.7 The Game, Myers shared the following story about the NBA legend who tragically died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

"This guy embodied the antithesis of load management. He would play when he shouldn't have played. He would play against doctor's orders. We were doing a commercial -- I didn't have any money then -- he was with Adidas then. He was doing an Adidas commercial and he said, 'Do you want to be an extra on a commercial?'

"I said, 'All right, fine.' So I went there and we were playing H-O-R-S-E. And on these commercial shoots, it's thousands of dollars every time a second (is wasted) because they're paying the crew. I was winning -- I had him H-O-R-S. They had this crane set up where he was gonna be in the air dunking, and they were waiting for him.

"So the director said, 'Kobe, we're ready.' And he said, 'No, no. I got to finish this game.' And I looked at him and I said, 'You got to go do your commercial, man. It's fine, I won. I won this game.' He goes, 'No, no, no. We're finishing the H-O-R-S-E game.' 

"Then the director and hundreds of people are looking at me going, 'You got to stop him.' I said, 'What do you guys want me to do?' I said, 'Fine, I won't play.' Kobe said, 'No, you got to finish.' Of course he comes back and beats me.

"That's who he was. He competed."

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What a great story. But we aren't supposed to be hearing about these types of memories right now. Kobe is supposed to be with us still.

Life just isn't fair.

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Draymond Green issues emotional message regarding Kobe Bryant's death

Draymond Green issues emotional message regarding Kobe Bryant's death

It still doesn't seem real, and never will.

Kobe Bryant died Sunday at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash.

On Monday morning, Warriors forward Draymond Green posted the following message to Instagram:

"I’ve waited and waited with hope that this bad dream would end and I never had to make this post. Hoping that someone would report that it wasn’t You in that helicopter like they initially thought. I went to sleep on the couch yesterday while they talked about you on TV. I thought I’d wake up and the story would be gone. Only to wake up to more details of you being GONE. Kobe, I thank you for being the person that you were, the big brother that you were. Not only to myself but to many others. You left a legacy that’ll NEVER be forgotten. We lost one of the good guys. I’ll continue to pray for the Bryant family as well as all the other families affected by this horrific tragedy! RIP BEAN #GoneTooSoon"

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I’ve waited and waited with hope that this bad dream would end and I never had to make this post. Hoping that someone would report that it wasn’t You in that helicopter like they initially thought. I went to sleep on the couch yesterday while they talked about you on TV. I thought I’d wake up and the story would be gone. Only to wake up to more details of you being GONE. Kobe, I thank you for being the person that you were, the big brother that you were. Not only to myself but to many others. You left a legacy that’ll NEVER be forgotten. We lost one of the good guys. I’ll continue to pray for the Bryant family as well as all the other families affected by this horrific tragedy! RIP BEAN #GoneTooSoon

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How did Draymond deal with the consequences of being suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals? He called Kobe.

Here's an excerpt from an October 2017 article by Clay Skipper of GQ:

Bryant’s words, according to Green: Ninety-eight percent of people are okay with mediocrity or less. Guys like Bryant and Green, though, they're out for something different—greatness. So, Green remembers Kobe saying, “as long as you wait for them to understand you, you’re f--ked.”

“It was the best s--t I ever heard,” Green says. “Because it gave me an understanding of why people don’t understand me. I’m so crazy competitive. I put my competitiveness up there with anyone. How could someone understand that? It’s a different level.”

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Kobe's impact was on a "different level" and his tragic death is something the world never will understand.

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Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

The plan is for the Warriors to provide an update on Steph Curry's status at some point in early February.

And the expectation is that the two-time NBA MVP will return to game action at some point this season.

Does Andre Iguodala think Curry should return to the court? When answering that question Friday morning on ESPN's "First Take," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP began with a joke.

"Selfish reasons -- no. He hurt the left hand, you can't play golf with the left hand if it's hurt."

Iguodala then provided what we think is his actual opinion on the matter.

"I think he needs to get a real break, in terms of being able to relax," the soon-to-be 36-year-old explained. "That long run -- mental reasons.

"I think it's good for him mentally to be able to step away, be able to get a nice breather. He's gonna come back on a wrath next year."

Going to five straight NBA Finals definitely took a toll on Curry, his teammates and the entire franchise. This "gap year" truly could end up being a good thing in the long run.

But the three-time NBA champion is dying to get back on the court, and it would be pretty surprising if he remains sidelined until next season -- despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA and their draft lottery odds are at stake.

[RELATED: Steph shares his favorite Stack Jack story: 'I was crying']

As for Iguodala's status -- he is still waiting on the Memphis Grizzlies to strike a trade before the Feb. 6 deadline. If no deal comes to fruition, you can assume the two sides would agree on a buyout and Iguodala would be free to sign with any team other than Golden State.

But don't worry Warriors fans -- a reunion seems inevitable this summer.

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