Legendary NBA photographer Andrew Bernstein, an inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, recently visited Lower Merion High School to discuss and sign copies of The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. Authored by NBA superstar and Lower Merion alumnus Kobe Bryant and featuring Bernstein's photography, The Mamba Mentality takes readers inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical and creative basketball players of all time.
The Mamba Mentality is Bryant's first book and reveals in his own words the famously detailed approach he took to mentally and physically prepare to excel at the highest level. He discusses how he studied opponents, how he channeled his passion for the game and how he played through injuries, while also breaking down specific plays and matchups throughout his career - all paired with Bernstein's stunning photography. Bernstein, the longtime Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant's first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016 and hundreds of thousands in between. The Mamba Mentality serves as the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between an athlete and 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.
In December, the current Lower Merion Aces varsity basketball team traveled to Los Angeles to meet with Bryant and receive signed copies of The Mamba Mentality. Bryant spent nearly two hours answering questions, sharing insights and talking about the impact Lower Merion has had on his life and career and how that experience helped shape his "Mamba Mentality." He also discussed how his new career as a storyteller would not have happened without the lasting influence of his Lower Merion education.