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The Mamba Mentality

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The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant—a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time

In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.

For the first time, and in his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.

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

The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make The Mamba Mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 29, 2018 – "I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best," writes Los Angeles Lakers legend Bryant in this exciting coffee-table book full of inspiring quotes, insights to his game, and beautiful photos by Bernstein. With a focus on "Process" and "Craft," Bryant lays out his routine, including the rigorous workout schedule three two-hour sessions that started at 5 a.m. that he developed in order to maximize family time ( "I decided to sacrifice sleep"). Bryant writes that, early in his career, he scoured the referee handbook, which allowed him to get away with "holds, travels, and all sorts of minor violations simply because I took the time to understand the officials' limitations." Even the national anthem served as game preparation, during which he tried "to feel the energy of the environment and allow it to move through me." With Bernstein's intimate, vivid photos, readers get escorted to cheerless practice gyms, press scrums, and sterile locker rooms. "Greatness is not for everybody," Bryant believes, and in this pictorial he convincingly chronicles the relentless zigzagging required for those who hope to achieve it. A wide range of hoops fans from NBA buffs looking to understand Bryant's approach to aspiring hoopsters seeking an on-court edge are in for a treat.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Kobe

Great Read

Mamba Mentality

Very inspirational book. It’s a basketball book book but it is more than just the sport. It talks about things you can apply in everyday life


Just another overpaid sexual predator who uses money and position to fuel his addiction. Not any better or worse than a politician.
He wants to be a billionaire or some other useless delusion, and the fools will continue to pay his bills. Hooray! Not a cent from me. Ever.

The Mamba Mentality
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Basketball
  • Published: Oct 23, 2018
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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