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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 ratings  ·  325 reviews
In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe The Black Mamba Bryant has 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 ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love sports and basketball is my favorite, by far. I have always admired Kobe Bryant for his drive and commitment to the game, so I couldnt wait to read The Mamba Mentality, which is filled with awesome photos throughout his NBA career.

Love him or not, theres no denying Kobes talent as a basketball player. I was able to see him play in his final season (2015-2016), and since he retired, I have also admired the variety of ventures hes continued to pursue. Whether or not youre an athlete, there
A recurring theme in this amazing book is that the mental game is just as important as the actual game. Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players to step foot in the NBA, shows the reader the Mamba Mentality. The mentality of going into a game thinking,"I'm scoring on anyone who guards me" gave Kobe an edge over his opponents. Kobe's will to get to the gym everyday before anyone else gave him an advantage. Kobe, as a rookie, came into to the league cocky. As Kobe matured, he became ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kobe explains his style of play and his attention to detail. He's not only a fierce competitor but a lifelong student of the game. He practiced, planned, prepared for every move he made, as well as every teammate and competitor.

Great sports-players, like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Kobe Bryant completely give themselves to their game, their sport, and every aspect it involves.
Very interesting and readable book.

PS. The pictures are excellent!

PSS. Kobe is a great reader and a member of GR. He
Yusra  ✨
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
this news is unbearably sad. you didnt need to watch basketball to see that kobe bryant was a great human being. his daughter was the future of womens basketball. prayers to his family, and to all the other families affected by the crash. ...more
Shane Parrish
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"If you really want to be great at something, you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. A lot of people say they want to be great, but theyre not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness. They have other concerns, whether important or not, and they spread themselves out. Thats totally fine. After all, greatness is not for everybody." ...more
Jonathan Tennis
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed watching Kobe play basketball. I picked this up because I was curious what he had to say about the Mamba Mentality. This book was not a normal sportsball player memoir. Its a picture book with some writing about some of the players and coaches Bryant experienced in his 20 years as a professional. Enjoyed this but cant give it more than 3 stars because I was hoping for something more than just some pics and a sprinking of Bryants wisdom. Upon further reflection, this is what I should ...more
Reed Schafer
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a sad, yet, fitting day to sit down and read this. Kobe is not the greatest basketball player of all-time, but the argument could be made that he was the greatest competitor of all-time. This book allows one to look into the mind of one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. His work ethic, leadership, and drive to become the greatest were inspiring. Nothing but respect for the Black Mamba 🐍.

Today is just another reminder of how fragile life is and how we have no room to
Tomas Laurinavicius
A look into the mind of one of the greatest athletes ever

Since I was a kid, I was impressed by Kobe. The way he played, the way he honored his craft. Reading about his dedication and unbeatable mentality gave me a lot of inspiration. This book from Kobe himself explains how he became the legend. Its also fun to see photos documenting his journey.
Cesar Sweets
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book and so inspirational!! One of my favorite players of all time and muses! 👌💯🙏🙌💪 #mustread #mambamentality ...more
Donna Hines
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read that portrays not only the love of the game but the insight to succeed in both personal and professional endeavors.
First off, my heart goes out to all those involved in the sudden loss of not only Kobe Bryant but his daughter and all those families who lost loved ones that day.
The Mamba Mentality was not only how he played but how Kobe lived his life.
Everything he did he did with 100% all in mode and it's the only way to be successful.
His insight was similar
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A memoir written by Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest masters of the game of basketball. Although, not what I expected to read, I enjoyed reading it and learning more about Kobe and the Mamba Mentality. The memoir starts with a Forward written by his teammate, Pau Gasol, and an Introduction by his coach, Phil Jackson. Meticulously, Kobe describes the game of basketball as a process and as a craft. He gives the reader the chance at a closer look at what he did to prepare for each game, how he ...more
Lee Richardson
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Read this a week after Kobe's death. The reaction to Kobe's death has been astonishing. It's just amazing how influential Kobe was in so many people's lives, and how many people loved him. Seeing the crowds in Los Angeles has blown my mind, and I can't of anyone else who is so beloved. It feels like the world stopped operating for the week to honor Kobe, and that feels right to me.

As for the book, it's an incisive look at Kobe's approach to life. His dedication to greatness is unparalleled. He
Randell Green
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must for any NBA fan. A quick read filled with brilliant pictures. Completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 🏀🏀🏀
Stephanie Peterson
Well... I normally don't read this kind of book. First of all I'm a fiction reader and also prefer thrillers. I bought The Mamba Mentality for my 16 year old son who is an athlete. He loves all sports and is a basketball player. He often gets in his own head and I thought this book would be a great read for him. Once Kobe passed away I wanted to read the book so that my son and I could discuss the book together. Kobe had an amazing drive and did a lot of sacrificing to live the life he did, with ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: down-the-road
Haven't read it yet , but he was a great champion and a fine ambassador from the sports world . The 'star' athletes of today could learn a lot from how he lived his too-brief life . Blessings to the family and friends of this upright man .
Jake Lyda
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A man possessed is the only way to describe Kobe Bryant. His academic obsession of the game of basketball is nothing short of legendary, and his insight was insanely valuable to a guy who loves the sport almost as much. It also gives me great confidence when some of the nuances and processes Kobe went through as an NBA basketball player are the things I do before, during, and after my weekly scrimmages. Thank you for your wisdom, Mamba. ...more
May 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Really look forward to this book!!! 💯
Greg Dietz
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing dive into the world of Kobe done in a succinct way that keeps you turning the pages and wanting more. His psyche is one that is fascinating to explore and the photos that accompany his stories are outstanding. A life taken far too soon. RIP Mamba
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected when I picked up this book. Short, choppy tidbits from different aspects of Kobes on the Court relationships, injuries and training mixed together with tons of photographs. Much different than most sports biographies. Good read for Kobe fans & basketball fans. ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
thank you kobe for letting me know how to guard lebron james

EDIT: this is so much different considering his death. this is a book to appreciate the amount of work and effort he put into mastering his craft.
Gedi Siuskus
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Kat Masen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's easy to see how his dedication made him the greatest player he could be. I enjoyed the read and focused more on the elements of how he never gave up.
Jeremy Dong
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nathan Mayer
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm still stunned Kobe is gone. I know it's only been 24hrs since the tragic news but the shock is still there, and will be for quite sometime.

When I got to work today I grabbed this book to read as soon as possible. We've had it since September and I just ignored it until now. I'm sorry to Kobe for that.

In a world filled with lists and "Top 5" whatever and people throwing out their "Mount Rushmore" of this and that... my NBA Mount Rushmore has: Shaq, Jordan, Kobe and Lebron. It blows my mind
Brian Yator
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dervived many many amazing lessons from this legend of a man. Some being:
1. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. A lot of people say they want to be great, but theyre not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.
2. Being inquisitive: I asked a lot of questions. Many people appreciated this curiosity but some didn't and that was ok for me. My approach was I'd rather risk embarrassment now than be embarrassed later, when Ive won zero
Mirko Gustic
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gusticed
Lets be honest Kobe is better than you! And also, Kobe wants you to know it.

Score: 7/10

So he decided to write this book. (My wild guess would be that this idea was initiated by the photographer, but the reason why Kobe said his Yes! was this.)

And this approach would essentially be the very opposite of the Mamba mentality Kobe is preaching.

It would be that wandering unfocused mind trying to diminish accomplishments of those who found their purpose of life. And should the first paragraph be my
David Lewis
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I should have read what it was about!
Yash Tripathi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Mamba Mentality is about Kobe Bryant's success that he achieved throughout his basketball career. This book gives us readers a behind the scenes look at all the things that Kobe went through to achieve his greatness. He talks about everything from his problems with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal to his countless hours of preparation to his 5 championships. He also includes sections where he talks about players that he loved to compete against, players that gave him problems, and why their ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography
When I saw that Kobe was coming out with a book, I immediately knew I had to get it. When I finally got my hands on it, I was a little disappointed because I wasn't expecting a coffee table book, and was hoping for more of an in-depth, intimate account of his unique upbringing in Italy, his culturally diverse interests and the personal challenges that defined his life, even before his career became his life.

Kobe's story, as presented in this book, essentially picks up from his rookie season in
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential. Growing up watching basketball, I am pretty sure everyone can agree that Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players (and athletes in general). I was looking to get my hands on this book for a very long time, and when I finally got the chance to start reading the book, I was a bit confused. I really was looking forward to understanding how Kobe Bryant approached the game of basketball, how he trained and mentally prepared for the insane matchups he had ...more
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Kobe Bryant was an Academy Awardwinning storyteller and content creator. He spent his days building stories to inspire the next generation of athletes to be the best versions of themselves. Kobe was a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He hoped to share all he learned with young athletes around the world. ...more

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