Kobe Bryant continues to inspire people with his mamba mentality. IC
Although Kobe Bryant is no longer with us, his unbreakable will on and off the basketball court lives on. This month, it was announced that the late superstar would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a prestigious honor for basketball’s best. Alongside Bryant, eight others will be inducted at a ceremony on Aug 29.
尽管科比·布莱恩特离开了我们，但他在球场内外无可撼动的坚强意志永存。本月，这位已故巨星入选奈-史密斯篮球名人堂 —— 这是一项授予最佳篮球运动员的殊荣。科比与其他8人的名人堂入驻仪式将于今年8月29日举行。
“His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched,” Jeanie Buss, owner of the Los Angles Lakes, told ESPN. “Those qualities helped Bryant lead us to five titles – and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.”
“他强烈的进取心、职业道德以及干劲无人能及，”洛杉矶湖人队的老板珍妮·巴斯在接受美国娱乐与体育电视台采访时如此表示。“这些品质让科比带领着我们获得了5次总冠军 —— 如今又令他入选名人堂，与入驻其中的最伟大的球员们一道被共同铭记。实至名归。”
Indeed, what elevated Bryant above his peers was his unmatchable commitment to be the best. He was ruthless in his pursuit to dominate his opponents. He called it the “mamba mentality” after the black mamba, one of the world’s deadliest snakes – and also after the top killer from the 2003 movie Kill Bill, according to The New Yorker.
The mamba mentality became so popular that Bryant detailed his process in his book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. In it, he revealed his famously detailed approach as well as his physical and mental preparation to not just succeed at the game, but to excel.
“Mamba mentality is all about focusing on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most,” he wrote in the book. “It’s the ultimate mantra for the competitive spirit. It started just as a hashtag that came to me one day, and it’s grown into something athletes – and even non-athletes – embrace as a mindset.”
“曼巴精神就是关注过程，并在最关键的时刻相信天道酬勤，”他在书中如此写道。“这是竞技精神的终极法则。一开始这只是我某一天所看到的一个话题标签，后来便逐渐成为被运动员 —— 甚至是非运动员们 —— 广为接受的一种心态。”
Bryant took after one of basketball’s most legendary players, Michael Jordan, not only with regard to Jordan’s playing style, but his competitive nature.
“I liked challenging people and making them uncomfortable,” Bryant wrote in an excerpt published on the Players’ Tribune. “That’s what leads to introspection and that’s what leads to improvement. You could say I dared people to be their best selves.”
Though many were shocked and sad when the Los Angles great died in a helicopter crash in January, all signs point to Bryant’s legacy persisting for generations to come. Whether you’re a basketball player or not, you can’t deny the Kobe’s power to inspire you to be your best self.