The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

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.

Title:The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374201234
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  • Brandice

    I love sports and basketball is my favorite, by far. I have always admired Kobe Bryant for his drive and commitment to the game, so I couldn’t wait to read The Mamba Mentality, which is filled with ...

  • Luke_C1

    A recurring theme in this amazing book is that the mental game is just as important as the actual game. Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players to step foot in the NBA, shows the reader th...

  • Toni

    Kobe explains his style of play and his attention to detail. He's not only a fierce competitor but a lifelong student of the game. He practiced, planned, prepared for every move he made, as well as ev...

  • Shane Parrish

    "If you really want to be great at something, you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. A lot of people say they want to be great, but ...

  • Yusra  ?

    this news is unbearably sad. you didn’t need to watch basketball to see that kobe bryant was a great human being. his daughter was the future of women’s basketball. prayers to his family, and to a...

  • Deacon Tom F

    I absolutely loved this book. Kobe is a Philly guy and so am I. Also, I am a huge basketball fan who played everyday when I was younger, even in the snows of Pennsylvania. For a former player and a ra...

  • Jonathan Tennis

    I enjoyed watching Kobe play basketball. I picked this up because I was curious what he had to say about the “Mamba Mentality.” This book was not a normal sportsball player memoir. It’s a pictur...

  • Reed Schafer

    It was a sad, yet, fitting day to sit down and read this. Kobe is not the greatest basketball player of all-time, but the argument could be made that he was the greatest competitor of all-time. This b...

  • Niko

    thank you kobe for letting me know how to guard lebron jamesEDIT: this is so much different considering his death. this is a book to appreciate the amount of work and effort he put into mastering his ...

  • Donna Hines

    One of the best books I've ever read that portrays not only the love of the game but the insight to succeed in both personal and professional endeavors.First off, my heart goes out to all those involv...