The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

The Mamba mentality: how I play is Kobe Bryant’s personal take on his basketball life and career and his exceptional and insightful style of play – an appropriate legacy from the late Los Angeles superstar Laker.

Following his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the heart of the legendary “Mamba mentality”. Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans and dedicated students of the game how to play it “the right way” The Mamba mentality takes us into the minds of one of the most intelligent, analytical and creative basketball players of all time.

In his own words, Bryant reveals his detailed detailed approach and the steps he has taken to prepare mentally and physically not only for a successful game, but for excelling. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played against injuries. They will also get fascinating granular details as he breaks down specific games and matches throughout his career.

Bryant’s detailed accounts are accompanied by superb photographs by Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, a long time official photographer for the Lakers and the NBA, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016 – and hundreds of thousands in between, the record for a unique twenty-year relationship between a athlete and photographer.

The combination of Bryant’s story and Bernstein’s photos makes The Mamba mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain on the career of one of the world’s most famous and fascinating athletes.



“Reveal … beautifully captured … candid.” –Los Angeles Times
“A visually stunning presentation that would make an ideal gift for the Lakers fan in the house.” –Kirkus Reviews
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