The Mamba Mentality - Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

By Kobe Bryant

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 4.5
From 2,211 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.


  • 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
  • Mamba Mentality

    By TrillFiji
    Liked every little detail of Kobe’s mindset through his play style on the court. I love the cover of the book. It’s very intriguing to me how much insight was gained from Kobe’s mamba mentality.
  • Short dedication and thank you book

    By Stupid subtitles
    You don’t really learn much about the mamba mentality but hear more about Kobe stocks of some of what he considers the great players that he learn from and played with or against
  • Loved it

    By This-guy-24
    Kobe is my idol and I love him even more now the determination he shows throughout his career and life just makes me strive to be better
  • This was not my expectation

    By Princess___
    I think most of us have this preconceived definition of what my mamba mentality is and after reading this book you will truly get a completely different perspective of what Kobe meant by that phrase.
  • Amazing Book. Life Changing.

    By Kameron Success
    This book has the ability to change lives. Not only did Kobe change the game of basketball by becoming the example of a true winner, he also was a winner off the court. I am still in disbelief, currently in 2022 that he is no longer here physically. He will forever be here in spirit. You, your daughter, and the other passengers will forever live on. Prayers to all of their families. This book is a must read because indulge into this masterpiece.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By 3luPrint
    Great Read