Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective on his life and career on the basketball court, as well as his exceptional, insightful style of play, is captured in The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, a fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.
Following his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant decided to share his extensive knowledge and understanding of the game with readers, taking them on an unprecedented journey to the heart of the legendary “Mamba mentality.”Young players, diehard fans, and devoted students of the game, he says, have an obligation and an opportunity to teach them how to play it “the right way.” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of basketball’s most intelligent, analytical, and creative players of all time.
Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to mentally and physically prepare to not just succeed, but to excel at the game in his own words. Bryant’s method of studying an opponent, channeling his passion for the game, and playing through injuries will be revealed to readers.They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he deconstructs specific plays and match-ups from his entire career.
Andrew D. Bernstein, a Hall of Fame photographer, has created stunning photographs to accompany Bryant’s detailed accounts. Bernstein, who served as the Lakers’ and NBA’s official photographer for many years, captured Bryant’s first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016, as well as hundreds of thousands of photos in between, documenting a unique, two-decade relationship between one athlete and one photographer.
The Mamba Mentality is an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes, thanks to the combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photographs.