If you are not just a fan of basketball, but a fan of sports in general, the name Kobe Bryant should resonate within you. His entire twenty-year career in the National Basketball Association was spent with the historic Los Angeles Lakers, and his time there made him a symbol throughout the city. His love for the game of basketball was clear every night he would step foot on the court. He became a role model for up-and-coming NBA players and athletes all around the world.
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In October of 2018, Bryant decided to share his immeasurable knowledge of the game with his book titled The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. In it, readers are taken on an escapade of his unbelievably powerful mentality that kept his level of competition at an elite level. With his very own words, Bryant shows us his famous, all-inclusive approach and what he would do to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to outclass his opponents.
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Bryant’s in depth accounts are coupled with photographs by the famed photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein was also the Lakers and NBA official photographer. Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016 are depicted in this book, along with a bunch more throughout his career, which demonstrates a fascinating relationship between an athlete and a photographer.
Although this book is scattered with photos, it still displays his love and passion for the game and is nonetheless an exhilarating exhibition. If you are a sports fan, I highly recommend this piece, even if you want to simply keep it as a coffee table book.
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