The Mamba Mentality - Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

By Kobe Bryant

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 4.5
From 1,587 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.


  • 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.
  • The best

    By jissssjd
    Really good book bc I love basketball and Kobe was one of them and I loved how he played the game. #mambamentality 💛💜
  • Inspiration that I will forever reference for growth

    By Goose Gonzalez
    This book was everything I wanted to read and more. There is a reason that Kobe has touched my heart, hangs on a poster in my room, and crosses my mind everyday. When I train I remember that I’m only 40% deep and have countless hours of training left. Head down and grinding, head up and observing how to defeat the competition while perfecting my craft. My dedication will never leave me because he reminded me of its value. RIP Kobes & thank you for the mentality <3
  • Just pray

    By 😝☺️😍
    Dear Kobe, if you are there some where I just want you to know that everyone loves you. All we can do is pray. Guy if you are seeing this the only way to thank Kobe is to pray. Kobe is such a nice guy. I’m sure he went with God. Please pray for him
  • Lawrence Trice Review

    By lmarktrice
    This book was everything to me. I’ll admit, I was never a Kobe fan growing up. DWade was my guy. But something about Kobe’s last year in the league brought more of an appreciation to his journey for me. I would occasionally watch interviews of him and watch a lot of his old highlights. He was really smart and he didn’t back down to tough questions and didn’t have a feeling of regret. Growing up, fear constantly held me back from living to my full potential. I worried about failing or what someone else would think or say. I couldn’t actually live like I should have. Kobe’s mindset was all about going through the journey and enjoying every part of it whether it was bad or good. To learn from the down falls, and to work everyday finding ways to improve yourself. To not listen to the naysayers. To understand if you mess up, that’s Ok. Now move on and create a testimony from it later. Be great and know that you are. Be passionate about your craft and don’t let anyone you work with accept less than that. Confidence is misunderstood. His sense of lack of fear didn’t mean he did not fear. But he never stay in that state. Always moved on and continued to be great. That’s what I continue to learn from Kobe Bryant. -LT
  • The Eye-opener!!!

    By #1 Sauce Twin
    The Mamba Mentality provides insight into the game of basketball beyond imagination. It shows you what you need to do to up your game mentality, physically, and spiritually. Kobe Bryant provides you with the information that you can implement to your game to become the very best!
  • Great book

    By rackaflacka
    This book has a lot of tips and cool secrets Kobe has learned over his career and really helps people understand what the mamba mentality really is. It has a lot of pictures that will bring back memories. It’s well written but I would recommend this for teens or pre teens due to the fact that the pictures fill up every other page