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


RIP Kobe5 star

Classic kobe insights55


Wow5 star

Such detail. Loved it!!55


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Amazing book by Kobe5 star

This book made me see things different I will now work harder everyday to become a better basketball player.Rest In Peace Kobe Bean Bryant.55

DeLeon 05

Thanks Kobe5 star

I really appreciate reading the book 💯🔥55

Robb Costomiris

Excellent5 star

Excellent book especially for someone looking to advance their basketball game and get an edge55

Tony montano 283

Exactly how I thought it would be5 star

Filled with so much knowledge of the game and a few “tricks of the trade” as Kobe would say, amazing book and really enjoyed Kobe diving into details on matchups of other NBA greats and his way of preparing for them. Worth every penny Miss you Kobe55


Such a great book! Elegantly detailed in terms of life lessons and especially lessons for the court.5 star


Anthony manorville ny

It’s Kobe, cmon5 star

Great read if your a kobe and/or sports fan. Kobe was such a student of the game throughout his career he was so in control with his game. The stories, Kobe , you will love it.55


Loved the book!!!5 star

Not just a book about an sports star but a book about an analytical person55

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