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.
The next book in the #1 New York Times best-selling Epoca series from Kobe Bryant and Ivy Claire.

As Pretia, the Princess of Epoca, prepares to return to Ecrof, the elite magical sports academy, she is focused on the most important part of her upcoming year: the Junior Epic Games. She knows that her destiny is to rule Epoca, but right now, all she wants is to be selected for the Junior Epic team so that she can compete against the best young athletes in Epoca and bring honor to her people. But as rumors begin to swirl about unrest surrounding the Games, Pretia realizes that winning might not be as simple as being the best athlete she can be. She might have to decide which is more important: being an athlete or being a leader.

Pretia‘s best friend, Rovi, is ecstatic when he hears that the Junior Epic Games will be held in Phoenis, where he lived before attending Ecrof. True, his time in Phoenis wasn‘t ideal—he‘d lived on the streets as a Star Stealer, part of a gang of kids who stole what they needed to survive—but he‘d found a home there. He‘s excited to return as a Dreamer, an athlete at the top of his game. But all is not well with the Star Stealers. Rovi‘s old friends are being blamed for the unrest surrounding the Games, even though he‘s sure they have nothing to do with it. Now that he‘s back in Phoenis, Rovi is faced with a difficult question: Is he a Dreamer or a Star Stealer? Can he be both?

As tensions mount, Pretia and Rovi, along with their friend Vera, find themselves in a race to save the Star Stealers. And they begin to understand that if anyone is going to make a new future for Epoca, it just might be them.
“Packed full of emotion. . . . An influential read with a powerful message.”—Booklist

Whether goose or swan, I have wings. And I'll fly.

Gus's life is about one thing—swimming. And he knows that the only coach in town who can get him to the Olympics is Coach Marks. So it seems like a simple plan: convince Coach Marks to train him, and everything from there on in is just hard work. Gus has never been afraid of hard work.

But there are a few complications. For one thing, Coach Marks was Danny's coach. Danny, Gus's brother, committed suicide after failing to make the national swimming team—a big step on the way to the Olympics. And for another, Gus and Danny didn't exactly get along; Gus never liked living in Danny's shadow. A shadow that has grown even bigger since his death.

In this powerful novel about the punishing and the healing nature of sports, Gus's rage threatens to swallow him at every turn. He's angry at his brother, his mother, his coach . . . even himself. But as he works toward his goal and through his feelings, Gus does everything he can to channel this burning intensity into excelling at the sport that he and Danny both loved, and finds solace in the same place he must face his demons: in the water.

In addition to Gus's incredible narrative, there are four pieces of original art featured in Geese Are Never Swans. The art was curated by TaskForce, a creative agency that collaborates with the most influential nonprofits, brands, and people taking on the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world. TaskForce builds capacity and community for those shaping a more empathetic society through public opinion and policy. The artists' interpretations of their work are included in the book.

★ 我從沒見過像他這麼堅定追求卓越的球員,因為他知道:要成為最棒的球員,需要拿出和別人不一樣的做法。──保羅.蓋索,隊友


★ 這本書就是一扇窗,讓你窺見一位籃球大師的內心世界。──菲爾.傑克森,教練


★ 當我聽到人們說自己從曼巴精神中得到啟發,我就覺得一切的努力、所有汗水、每一個凌晨三點起床練球的時刻都值得了。這也是我寫本書的原因。我透過此書教導,不只教籃球,也教曼巴精神。──柯比.布萊恩,作者





















★ 唯一親自撰寫,柯比.布萊恩欽定版本!

★ 籃球正道在此!喜愛打籃球、看籃球、學籃球的人必備。

★ 全面紀錄打球生涯重要賽事與打法,破解其他球員的技巧。

★ 幕後照片,別處不見!

★ 照片悅目且保留細節;色澤銳利,可逐頁對比,甚至超過英文原文書!



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★ 《曼巴精神》這本書的切入方式就像Kobe在場上的切入一樣犀利,其過人之處就在於它和Kobe進攻時的過人一樣難以抵擋。閱讀每一段文字,都可以又快又準地抓到Kobe生命的精髓,風格正如他的絕殺出手一般,強勢而華麗。── 周汶昊/UDN聯合新聞網 球評


 從2000年到2019年,我從柯比黑變柯比粉,只因為他的努力與堅持,後來才發現,我是被曼巴精神所感動。── 陳宏宜(啾啾麥)/FOX體育台 主播


★ 無論這麼多年來你已看過多少關於柯比的賽事影片與新聞報導,當你靜下心來專注拜讀這本書時,在每一張紀錄珍貴時刻的照片背後,試著去意會柯比如何詮釋、解說那真正融入到生活中並徹底貫徹的「曼巴精神」與智慧哲學,相信你就會完全明白,為何他能夠成就偉大。好好收藏這本書,去創造你的傳奇吧!── 楊東遠/運動視界 主編


★ 「技術」讓人從平凡到不凡,「態度」讓人從不凡到超凡,Kobe昇華了我們對「職業態度」的定義。1萬個小時的私人訓練,加上1萬個小時的場外研究,影響了1萬個1萬個人!這本書點出了什麼造就Kobe的偉大,不只是Play Hard,更是 Play Smart,Play Together,值得一讀!── 楊德恩/台灣品格籃球協會 理事長   


★ 與其說是自傳,不如說是深度解析了黑曼巴對籃球事業的的全神投注、策略運用及專業技巧。如果你想學到柯比的天賦,那你抓緊了:書中把一切細節都告訴你了。── bestsportsbookcanada.net


★ 這本書能啟發你,能教導你。柯比詳細說明了身體上、心理上的備戰方法,心理層面尤其才是本書的重點。── amazonbookreview.com


★ 坦率而直接,完美捕捉柯比生涯的重要時刻。──洛杉磯時報


★ 全書精美無比,是完美的禮物。── 寇克斯評論


★ 本書讓我們看見柯比在籃球事業上的工作倫理,以及全心投入。── hopkinsrp.org


★ 柯比本人就是一位偉大的閱讀者,一個智慧型的專業人。── goodreads.com


★ 不管你是不是運動員,你都可以把書中講到的「曼巴精神」,運用到人生的每個層面。── Goodreads讀者Brandice

★ 書裡用很多細節說明如何達到「傑出」,使得我這種普通人不再感到成功遙不可及。── 亞馬遜讀者Andrew

★ 不打籃球的人,也必須知道柯比的「曼巴精神」是什麼。柯比是這樣說的:「我的日常很操,天還沒亮,一直到深夜…雖然很累,但我變得更強大。」── Dre Bawldin, Work on Your Game Inc.

★ 「不是每個人都能成就偉大…」柯比這樣告訴我們。他利用球場上的每一秒鐘來訓練自己,例如開賽前唱國歌的時候,他仍然在做心智準備。。── 出版者週刊

★ 籃球迷一定會喜歡,書中照片更是傑作。從訓練到練球到傷癒到心智訓練,再到他描述對手,他把一切的秘密都攤開來。── Kirkus Review

★ 看完這本書我學到,一切都是從內心開始,而且關鍵在於:當沒人在看的時候,你所投入的時間。── Goodreads讀者Steve McFarland

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