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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

Kobe Bryant

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.

ESPN Kobe Bryant

The Editors of ESPN

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He was "relentless, curious and infinitely complicated" and leaves a lasting legacy not just for basketball, but for sports in general and the wider world. In this special edition from ESPN, learn more about the driven and supremely talented "Black Mamba," from the mentors who helped to shape him and from those who knew him best. Through stirring photography and exceptional storytelling, experience Kobe's remarkable career, retirement and the start of a life beyond basketball, which promised to be as dynamic as his life on the court. ESPN's most prolific voices share their "Kobe Moments," which shed more light on Kobe as an athlete, public figure, father and more. This special edition is filled with powerful images and recollections of Kobe throughout the years, both on and off the hardwood that help trace a life of greatness cut short.

Sports Illustrated Kobe Bryant Special Retirement Tribute Issue: From Kid to Champ to Leader to Legend

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For the last 20 years Kobe Bryant was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, a tenure unsurpassed in NBA history by one player with one team. Drafted as a 17-year-old in 1996 out of Lower Merion High in Ardmore, Pa., Bryant would become a once-in-a-generation talent, a 6'6" shooting guard and small forward who inherited the title from Michael Jordan as the most complete player in the league. In the course of his two-decade career he would not only rewrite the record book of one of sports' greatest franchises but also win five championships, make 18 All-Star teams, earn two scoring titles and two Olympic gold medals, garner the 2008 MVP award and be named to the NBA All-Defensive Team nine times. The son of former NBA forward Joe (Jellybean) Bryant, Kobe also established himself as a relentless — some might say obsessive — competitor with a penchant for game-winning heroics, an international basketball superstar who transcended his sport to become a cultural icon. Sports Illustrated was with Bryant every step of the way and celebrates his retirement with a special commemorative edition collecting the best of SI's coverage through the years. The scope and breadth of Bryant's career are captured in 104 colorful pages featuring SI's trademark prose and photos: from Phil Taylor's assessment of Kobe on the verge of his breakthrough in the 2000 playoffs, to Jack McCallum's coverage of Bryant's 81-point eruption against the Raptors in 2006, to an assessment of Kobe's thirst for challenges as he neared the end of his career in 2013 by Lee Jenkins, to the great action and off-court photos of Walter Iooss Jr. and John W. McDonough. Many teenagers have aspired to greatness, but few have exceeded their own expectations to become one of the most talked-about people on the planet. Sports Illustrated's Kobe Bryant Special Retirement Tribute Issue is a fitting sendoff for this singular athlete.

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LA Times Kobe Bryant

The Editors of LA Times

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This commemorative special edition honoring basketball legend Kobe Bryant is divided into two sections: "Kobe Is Gone, Never to Be Forgotten," which includes intimate coverage from the week of Bryant's death, including appreciations of both Kobe and his daughter Gianna, as well as reporting on Kobe's second act as a devoted family man, producer, businessman and his complicated legacy both on and off the court. The next section, "Kobe as He Was, as He Always Will Be" collects expert and one-of-a-kind reporting from the Los Angeles Times archives that chronicle Kobe's journey from rookie to All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist and MVP. Throughout, with words and photos, fans will be reminded of how Kobe came to define Los Angeles, a city that embraced his ethos, even as he became a figure of huge international renown. The coverage, which no one but the Los Angeles Times could deliver also looks at Kobe's special relationship with his daughter Gianna, who, encouraged by Kobe, shared the same enthusiasm for basketball that he did. For anyone with the appreciation of basketball and Kobe's deep contribution to it, this special edition is essential.

A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage

Cyndie Spiegel

Daily inspiration and meditations for positive thinking and living

Yes, you can change your life by changing your thoughts. In A Year of Positive Thinking, you’ll transform your mindset and motivate positive life changes one thought, one day, and one year at a time.

From day one, this book teaches you the power of positive thinking through quick and digestible affirmations based in positive psychology, neuroscience, and personal development. Spanning one full year, from January to December, these daily meditations guide you towards visualizing and living your best life.

A Year of Positive Thinking includes:

  • 365 days of positive thinking with exercises, mantras, and reflections for self-respect, kindness, and love.
  • A flexible structure around the calendar year (January-December) that can be started any time, any day, and any moment that you’re ready.
  • Inspiration for personal development that draws on positive psychology, neuroscience, and other secular schools of thought for motivating positive thinking.

Choose to see the good over the bad. Choose optimism over pessimism. Choose positive over negative thinking with A Year of Positive Thinking.

Nala's World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe

Dean Nicholson

Instagram phenomenon @1bike1world Dean Nicholson reveals the full story of his life-changing friendship with rescue cat Nala and their inspiring adventures together on a bike journey around the world.

When 30-year-old Dean Nicholson set off from Scotland to cycle around the world, his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion.

Three months after leaving home, on a remote road in the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, he came across an abandoned kitten. Something about the piercing eyes and plaintive meowing of the bedraggled little cat proved irresistible. He couldn't leave her to her fate, so he put her on his bike and then, with the help of local vets, nursed her back to health.

Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond - both curious, independent, resilient and adventurous. The video of how they met has had 20 million views and their Instagram has grown to almost 750k followers - and still counting!

Experiencing the kindness of strangers, visiting refugee camps, rescuing animals through Europe and Asia, Dean and Nala have already learned that the unexpected can be pretty amazing. Together with Garry Jenkins, writer with James Bowen of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob, Dean shares the extraordinary tale of his and Nala's inspiring and heart-warming adventure together.

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing.
 
We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.
 
Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.

Baseball Prospectus 2020

Baseball Prospectus

The 2020 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.

PLAY BALL! The 25th edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.

Baseball Prospectus 2020 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called “the überforecast of every player’s performance.”

With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2020 will understand why!

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein

The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.

Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

“I love this idea [RANGE], because I think of myself as a jack of all trades.” — Fareed Zakaria, CNN

  
“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —Forbes

“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink  

“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” —Wall Street Journal

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.    

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life

Trevor Moawad, Andy Staples

Foreword by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
From a top mental conditioning coach—"the world’s best brain trainer” (Sports Illustrated)—who has transformed the lives and careers of elite athletes, business leaders, and military personnel, battle-tested strategies that will give you tools to manage and overcome negativity and achieve any goal.

He knows how to win.

More, he knows the many ways-subtle, brutal, often self-inflicted-we lose.

As the most trusted mental coach in the world of sports, Trevor Moawad has worked with many of the most dominant athletes and the savviest coaches. From Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to Russell Wilson, they all look to Moawad for help finding or keeping or regaining their com­petitive edge. (As do countless business leaders and members of special forces.)

Now, at last, Moawad shares his unique philosophy with the general public. He lays out lessons he's derived from his greatest career successes as well as personal setbacks, the game-changing wisdom he's earned as the go-to whisperer for elite performers on fields of play and among men and women headed to the battlefield.

Moawad's motivational approach is elegant but refreshingly simple: He replaces hardwired negativity, the kind of defeatist mindset that's nearly everybody's default, with what he calls "neutral thinking." His own special innovation, it's a nonjudg­mental, nonreactive way of coolly assessing problems and analyzing crises, a mode of attack that offers luminous clarity and su­preme calm in the critical moments before taking decisive action.

Not only can neutral thinking raise your performance level-it can transform your overall life. And it all starts, Moawad says, with letting go. Past failures, past losses-let them go. "The past isn't predic­tive. If you can absorb and embrace that belief, everything changes. You'll instantly feel more calm. And the athlete-or employee or parent or spouse-who's more calm is also more aware, and more times than not ... will win."

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