The Mamba Mentality

The Mamba Mentality Summary

The Mamba Mentality: How I Playis 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.

Book Reviews


815 star

Honest book, insightful & 100% Kobe55


Great to read5 star

We miss you Kobe!55

Black book studios

Simply breathtaking seeing all of Kobe’s astonishing moments5 star

10/10 would read again55


Kobe words as detailed as his games.5 star

Great read. If you’re a fan, a must read! RIP KOBE55


Rest In Peace, Legend.5 star

A storyteller at heart. His drive and motivation lives in our hearts forever. #mambamentality55


An excellent book5 star

This is one of the greatest books you will ever read.55

J Lue

Great Book5 star

It's very motivating and it helps you know how much work you have to put in to be great at your craft55


Kendricks Gladney (Coastal Carolina SS)5 star

Great book, get to know about the man, the myth, the legend himself. What an honor to simply read his story and pick his brain, I think you all will love the book but only the true competitors will understand his mindset. -Mamba Forever55


Kobe5 star

Greatness... pure greatness. RIP Mamba55


Good read, left something to be desired.4 star

A nice quick read. Not exactly what I was expecting, I wanted more depth but maybe the format just makes it seem like that depth is missing when really it’s there if you want it. Gotta employ the Mamba Mentality. RIP Kob.45

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