The Mamba Mentality - Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

By Kobe Bryant

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 4.5
From 2,379 Ratings


The Mamba Mentality: How I Play is Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game—a fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.

In the wake of 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 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.

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.


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    By lalskdkskfndbsbs
    KOBE 🏀 !!!! A Great Read! Get this book if you’re Looking for a Self help Book that helps you think BIGGER‼️
  • Wow

    By Jbones43
    Such detail. Loved it!!
  • 5 star

    By cashmead23
  • Amazing book by Kobe

    By CaptainJacob25
    This book made me see things different I will now work harder everyday to become a better basketball player.Rest In Peace Kobe Bean Bryant.
  • Thanks Kobe

    By DeLeon 05
    I really appreciate reading the book 💯🔥
  • Excellent

    By Robb Costomiris
    Excellent book especially for someone looking to advance their basketball game and get an edge
  • Exactly how I thought it would be

    By Tony montano 283
    Filled with so much knowledge of the game and a few “tricks of the trade” as Kobe would say, amazing book and really enjoyed Kobe diving into details on matchups of other NBA greats and his way of preparing for them. Worth every penny Miss you Kobe
  • Such a great book! Elegantly detailed in terms of life lessons and especially lessons for the court.

    By erecinos98
  • It’s Kobe, cmon

    By Anthony manorville ny
    Great read if your a kobe and/or sports fan. Kobe was such a student of the game throughout his career he was so in control with his game. The stories, Kobe , you will love it.
  • Loved the book!!!

    By asanders35
    Not just a book about an sports star but a book about an analytical person