So I guess I did decide to post after all. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant was a genuinely interesting, but short read that gave me a good insight into the mind of one of the best basketball players of all time.
Upon opening the book you are greeted a quick foreword by former teammate and an underrated, yet important part of their time as reigning champions, Pau Gasol, and an introduction from a basketball genius and one of the greatest coaches of all time, Phil Jackson. I am a huge basketball fan and Kobe Bryant is one of my favorite players of all time so it was a joy to read this book and get into his mindset. The pictures by Andrew D. Bernstein were phenomenal, highlighting key plays in Kobe’s career along with some of Kobe’s own comments scribbled in yellow ink describing what he was thinking during that specific play. Kobe provides some great commentary into his mindset, describing why he wakes up at 6 AM to get in a pre-practice workout, and why he is who he is. I really enjoyed the section covering his match ups against certain players throughout his career such as Tracy McGrady, another one of my favorite players of all time, Dwyane Wade, etc. He not only highlighted the main strengths of each of the players, but gave credit to some of them for improving throughout their career at certain aspects of the game such as LeBron’s defense during his time in Miami. My main problem with the book is that it is extremely short. While it is over 200 pages, about half of that are pictures. It is really just a taste of the Mamba Mentality. Also, the book feels a bit scattered. It kind of jumps from topic to topic with the section of match ups being the only part of the book that felt cohesive. I didn’t mind it as it felt as of he was just putting down his thoughts which made it feel a bit more personal, but some may find it a bit off putting.
Overall, I had a blast reading it and as a big basketball fan, it was awesome reading about the mindset of one of the greatest players of all time. I just wish there was more to it even if the pictures themselves were beautiful to look at.
RATING: Must Buy (for basketball fans). Otherwise, check it out if you like sports.