- Hardcover: 207 pages
- Publisher: McD (23 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374201234
- ISBN-13: 978-0374201234
- Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 2.6 x 28.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play Hardcover – 23 Oct 2018
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Kobe Bryant is one of the most accomplished and celebrated athletes of all time. Over the course of his twenty-year careerall played with the Los Angeles Lakershe won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, eighteen All-Star selections, and four All-Star Game MVP awards, among many other achievements. Bryant retired in 2016. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters. He still claims hes never been beaten one-on-one.
Andrew D. Bernsteins photography has appeared in thousands of newspapers and on magazine covers worldwide. Bernstein is the long-time official photographer for the Los Angeles Lakers and the senior photographer for the NBA. He is the 2018 recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame. He regularly appears on ESPNs SportsCenter and other national television and radio programs.
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As a basketball enthusiast or die hard Kobe fan, you'd appreciate the official Kobe perspective on VIPs in his career and the(/select) thought process behind his approach.
But let me clarify....
Despite the title, what this book is NOT:
1. A step by step guide on "Mamba Mentality" aka "How to THINK like Kobe"--if you are a true Kobe (or Jordan fan) for that matter, you know that his level of competitiveness is innate and if you want the inner workings to that, the closest book to it is "Relentless" by Tim Grover (...MJ's trainer)
2. a reference guide to Kobe's mental, fitness and basketball prep--no, this isn't going to be like Tom Brady's TB12 nutrition manual nor Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Encyclopedia of Modern Body Building" that details what you need to do to physically and nutritionally be at the top
3. an autobiography on Kobe's life--again, coffee table book w/personally selected thoughts on his basketball career
4. a Bible on all things Kobe-- while some coffee table books aim to include all the minutiae a super fan would want , this is not where you are going to find pictures of every single shoe he has worn nor every commercial he has been a part of
"But, but the book mentions 'Mamba Mentality'"....well if you are a Kobe fan, you'd know that it takes more than one book ("magic bullet") to encompass the Mamba Mentality. If anything, the Mamba Mentality is about having incredible self awareness, the willingness to outwork and outstudy everyone else and putting the awareness and willingness into action all the time. It's not that the book is without "Mamba Mentality" but rather it covers the essence of it 100% of the time. He gives you select insight into his thought process on playing against other top players, thoughts/memoirs on people that have inspired him and if anything, the clear notion that he is not going to hand hold any reader on "Mamba Mentality" just because they bought his book.
" I was hoping for a Kobe Bible"....I will have to admit, I would have wanted that too but I have to be upfront that this is not the scope of this book (some other super fan who wants to monetize it can write that book) and from a business perspective, I am sure he realizes that he could sell more than one book about himself. People certainly buy different versions of his basketball shoes, even if one model would suffice for the average joe.
That said, if there is one printed object that encapsulates who the public know as "Kobe Bryant"....this is the book. This is the Kobe book you'd put in a time capsule and share with future (basketball fan) generations.
This is not a typical biography. This is Kobe Bean Bryant talking about experiences albeit good or bad, that shaped his career. The book displays his passion and knowledge for the game. Kobe divulges to you technically/logically. Not persuasive.
It is clearly written, accessable and informative.
Kobe achieved his goal by giving off a broad view of Mamba Mentality that anyone can understand. He fell short in giving die hard fans more to sink their teeth into. For instance he once said to beat Iverson "I studied sharks" this was left out. Interesting concept.
Another example of falling short was not enough literature. Pictures galore. Lastly I want to know what made him Mamba. It's like Batman to dark Knight. Something changed...tell us!!!!!
Compared to similar books this has better photography. Thanks to Andrew Bernstein.
His personal experiences were throughout the book. However some stories could of been expanded. For instance he played with magic...I would like to know how the game went.
I LIKE the pictures and variety of players he matched. All Stars*
I LEAST liked the lack of details and pages. It didn't inspire
I could relate because I'm competitive.... When it's something I want.
I'd recommend. Tho 35 is a bit much. 30 would of been better. Hard copy is best.
A fan of Kobe or lover of NBA legends would buy this. A person who wants to know what competitive edge is should check it out.
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