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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP; and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball's absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.

The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one - but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan's six).

The Lakers are the flashiest team in all of sports, and the context in which Bryant played is salacious and exciting. Provocative stories mixed with good old fashioned basketball reporting make for a riveting and essential listen for any hoops fan.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Roland Lazenby (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With surgical precision, Roland Lazenby expertly dissects the life of this generation's most fascinating basketball player. What made Kobe Bryant tick so loud for so long? Lazenby shows you with a tour de force in reporting and an intimate inspection at Bryant's trials, accomplishments and tribulations." (Jonathan Abrams, author of Boys Among Men)
"A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years." ( Parade)
"Engaging.... Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan: The Life, turns his eye to another basketball legend: the recently retired Kobe Bryant." ( Publishers Weekly)

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great book

great insight on one of my favorite Laker players.... reliving some of the highs and lows and some inside information was pleasing and helped understand how and why some things happened the way they did.

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Kobe Kobe Kobe!!!<br />

Loved this book. Must read for any and every Kobe fan ever. I promise you wont regret listening

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Mamba Mentality Explained!

Such an in-depth chronicle of what made on of the most competitive and intriguing sports personalities of the new millennium. Ruthless competitor, assassin, asshole, champion and all-time great. Kobe is who he is with no apologies and I love him for it.

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Fantastic book

I learned a lot more about Kobe and I will recommend this book to any Kobe fan.

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Not really about Kobe for the first third + of the book

Best biography of Joe Jellybean Bryant I’ve ever read though. So if that’s what you’re looking for, buy this book.

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  • MJ
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The legend

I wanted to read this book because I know so little about Kobe even though I followed his entire career. This book is very detailed from his mother and father, Kobe as a child, all the way up to to when he retired. You can tell they can't say anything bad because Kobe wouldn't approve it but there is definitely some stories they left out about Kobe. they only kept in the good stuff he did. they even made the rape case not sound that bad in this book.

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Only for a die hard NBA/Lakers fan

I had been hoping for more insight into Kobe as an athlete, but what I found instead was a book about his father's life followed by a lot of specific scores and games during his career as a Laker and a background on Adidas. The narrator was great, but just not what I had hoped for.

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The Definition of Confidence.

This book was a great prospective into the world Kobe's work ethic, determination, and unwavering confidence. The author did a fantastic job gathering information from the people that lived it and experienced these events in real time. The narrator did an excellent job over the course of the hours giving an enthusiastic performance.

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Thanks Kobe Bean Bryant! Focus and Determination!

Loved it! If not the Greatest Laker, definitely on the Lakers Mount Rushmore!! Thanks Kobe for the memories!! In my opinion better than Jordan.

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Well done, if a little heavy on the Jellybean...

Great narration
HEAVY on the Jellybean Bryant backstory.
But once it gets rolling on the actual Kobe stuff, well worth it