The Mamba Mentality (中譯：曼巴精神) 我本來以為是Kobe的自傳，但看完以後比較像是一本他給他的球迷的手扎，只是內容聚焦在籃球這檔事上。每則文章都不長，都會配上相對應的圖。如果是從他出道就開始關心他的球迷應該會很享受，除了照片都相當的有代表性之外，他細數了從他出道時到生涯尾端的對手 – 我想書中被個被點名的球員都會非常的開心，因為幾乎都是正面評點…除了某個Kobe Stopper.
以下英文摘錄自：Bryant（Kobe）. 「The Mamba Mentality.」 Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018-08-25. Apple Books. 中文的部份是我個人感想。
Introduction by Phil Jackson
Kobe and I first met in 1999 at the Beverly Hills Hilton, on the day I was formally announced as the Lakers’ coach.
Kobe admitted he was worried he wasn’t going to score enough points to become “one of the greatest players in the NBA.” This concerned me, because as a coach I didn’t care how many points a player scored—only the final numbers on the scoreboard.
The first year, Kobe played alongside Ron Harper in a two-guard system at the top of the floor. They were in charge of “setting the table”—recognizing when the fast break was over, secondary action was limited, and it was time to set up the triangle system. Naturally, there was always a temptation to push the envelope, and sometimes Kobe would go rogue. He’d break from the plan to create an opportunity for himself, and it would jam up our offensive flow. So we had our conversations about not trying to take over a game. We also had our film sessions, centering on what skills made a guard a good playmaker. In retrospect, Kobe was as patient with me as I was with him. We tolerated each other, and the result was that he came to understand how disciplined our team had to become in order to win that coveted championship.
這段話是在說明禪師的三角戰術會限制Kobe的得分，不過年輕氣盛的Kobe有時候還是會管不住自己而影響戰術的運行及進攻的流動。不過倆人的目標很明確，就是冠軍，所以能互相容忍 (X) 合作 (O)
Bath time had a bonus benefit: I’d use the quiet break to catch up on reading, always studying to improve my game.
這段文字與照片是本書中最後我驚嚇的一段... 隨時都在學習的Kobe Bryant連泡澡 (X) 的時候也不肯放過自己…
I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my game, but I also wasn’t willing to sacrifice my family time. So I decided to sacrifice sleep, and that was that.
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Kobe在書中有些文章的主題都充滿雙關語…以上兩者其實都和他採取的療法有關。其中A Song of Ice and Fire是Contrast therapy, 而NBA 2K其實是2000他受傷期間採取的電療法。
If the tape had bubbles or bumps, Gary would unwrap it and start again. Everything had to be smooth, had to be perfect.
Kobe Bryant的治療室Gary Vitti很會包膠帶，而且一代過程中沒包好 (有泡泡...) 就會重包…看來也是每個人都很追求完美… ~_~
We met at UCLA during a day of pickup runs. I was there stretching, getting ready to play, and he walked in. That was my first time—and I think last time—playing with Magic.
Outside of that, Byron schooled me on time management—how to make the most of each and every day.
Now, I coach my daughter's team, and we run the triangle offence. Recently, I called Phil and filled him in on what I was teaching the girls. He was surprised by how much I learned from him. More than that, he was surprised how much detail I had retained and was now passing down.
I ALWAYS SAID LUKE WALTON WAS DESTINED TO BE A COACH.
Again, 基本上Kobe提到了他球員時期所有執教的教練…然後不知道還能當多久教練的Luke Walton... Kobe對他也是滿滿的愛。
When they do that, it creates dead zones, areas on the floor where they can’t see certain things. I learned where those zones were, and I took advantage of them. I would get away with holds, travels, and all sorts of minor violations simply because I took the time to understand the officials’ limitations.
I TOOK THE DESIGN OF MY NIKES VERY SERIOUSLY.
Sometimes, even when I had headphones on, there wasn’t any music playing. It was a feint to keep people away, and to get in my zone.
Soon after he joined the Lakers, Metta World Peace came to the gym one day and found me working out. He was surprised to see me there. I said to him, “How do you think we get these championships?” Metta responded by talking about how much talent we had on the roster. I cut him off, and told him, “Metta, winning rings isn’t easy. If you think because you’re here, because we have Pau and Lamar, that this is already a done deal? You and I are going to have problems.”
WHEN FUNDAMENTALS ARE NO LONGER FUNDAMENTAL
Kobe在書中提及的湖人球員其實次數不多，其中和他同隊時期最短又有專文的是Caron Butler... 可見得Kobe很喜歡他的態度…
Metta’s goal was to guard someone and take them completely out of the game. He wanted to fluster and intimidate them. He and I would have a good time with that. We would talk before games about who we were going to shut down and punk that night. We’d be like, “You take him the first five possessions, I’ll take the next five, and then we’ll trap him and beat him down.”
這段也提及了Kobe和慈世平輪流扮壞人 (O) 的想法，我覺得很有趣~
Pau Gasol was like a brother to me. Over the course of my career, I suited up with dozens upon dozens of players. Among all of them, it’s safe to say that Pau was my favorite teammate ever.