With an unparalleled understanding of the game, one of the most prolific and successful basketball players in NBA history has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game with readers. Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted game students how to play it “the right way,” Kobe Bryant has taken us on a journey to the core of “The Mamba Mentality.
Kobe Bryant grew up in Italy, where he was an avid basketball fan who would gather with his dad and a basketball to watch NBA games. He followed legendary players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and others closely. As a teenager living in Italy, Kobe purchased Michael Jordan’s book The MJ Workout Log, which helped him gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence…he knew that he could become an elite player if he followed in Jordan’s footsteps.
The Black Mamba has been an icon in NBA history. With precision and power, Kobe has maintained his place as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. In his final season with the Lakers, Kobe was awarded an unprecedented 60-point performance against the visiting Raptors on March 20th, 2015. He has helped lead his team to five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and a 114 game regular season win streak.
About The Mamba Mentality: How I Play Book
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.