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Kobe Bryant Will Release A Book With Introductions By Phil Jackson And Pau Gasol


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Life after basketball has been pretty good for Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame inductee has found success on screens big and small — his short film, Dear Basketball, earned him an Academy Award for Best Animated Short, while his show on ESPN+, Detail, has given hoops fans the unique insight into the game that you can only get with someone as obsessed with the craft as Bryant.

But Kobe isn’t apparently happy with just television and films. Bryant announced that his next venture will be in the world of print, as he tweeted out details about his new book, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. It’s slated to come out in October, and features introductions by two people who know him well: Phil Jackson and Pau Gasol.

Bryant naming something after his career ended “The Mamba Mentality” is absolutely something that should have been a foregone conclusion, right? Anyway, here’s what the book is about, according to MCD x FSG.

For the first time, and 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.

In addition to that, Bryant goes into detail on “specific plays and match-ups” that occurred over the course of his 20-year NBA career. There are no specifics on exactly which plays or head-to-head encounters will get broken down, but Bryant had such a long career that he’ll have plenty of moment from which to choose.

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