The Mamba Mentality - Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

By Kobe Bryant

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Basketball
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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.


  • Awesome

    By Ole Rob
    The mamba was the greatest of all time Write that down !
  • R.l.P Kobe

    By A.l.Y.I.A
    R.I.P Kobe and Gianna u guy were the people I look up to
  • Koby rip

    By lionel the boss
    Still can’t believe your gone but will be using mamba mentality in my life thank you for everything great book May God have you with your baby and May you and her see how we loved you!!! Rip to all that have left this earth as well I know is all about Koby for whom he was but I also feel for all that die!!!!
  • AmaZing

    By joh1245
    I think this book is so inspiring I’m not even a basketball fan but mamba mentality it’s definitely an inspirational book Rest In Peace Kobe
  • Best book ever

    By K15555
    Because you’re so good and so sad it reminds me of his death and I recommend you guys buying
  • R.I.P Kobe and Gigi #2 #24

    By nickname@1234567890
    You will be missed
  • Rip

    By Yonna🤩
  • R.I.P

    By Joseph.Foster
    He was a great man and a great basketball player
  • Amazing book by the Mamba himswlf

    By Tayseer Edouni
    RIP to the greatest Laker of all time. This book does a great job at giving you the insight of the Mamba himself.
  • He will be missed

    By NY Giants fab
    Rest In Peace Kobe and Gigi