The Mamba Mentality - Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

By Kobe Bryant

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 4.5
From 1,752 Ratings


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.


  • Kobe

    By b_666__
    Greatness... pure greatness. RIP Mamba
  • Good read, left something to be desired.

    By SwissyRio
    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.
  • Gone too soon

    By JayG10
    A good easy read giving insight to his mentality. It seems like this was practice for greater work in the future.
  • 100

    By Gamers1111110000000000
    It’s amazing
  • Miss ya Kobe

    By mirlebron13
    Read this to hear from him one last time
  • 100% Recommended

    By aka ricecooker
    This book was absolutely thrilling and amazing!
  • Rip Kobe

    By king 216533
    Love it but 😭😭😭😭
  • Exceptional!

    By Dmajik361
    Exceptionally written, beautifully told. Great way to dive into a glimpse of the mind of the all time great Kobe Bryant! Rest In Peace Mamba the way you went about the game, and life will forever be close to me. Well done King!
  • Rip to the🐐

    By kam quin
    Rip no 🧢
  • Great 📚

    By Hatesignins
    We Miss You Bean!!! Great gems dropped. Applicable to all fields.