Kobe Bryant provided insight into his revered yet ambiguous "Mamba mentality."
"Mamba mentality is a way of life," the Los Angeles Lakers legend said in the NBA's video.
"It's not an attitude, per se, it's the way you live, which is trying to get better every single day. It's not something where you live with a bravado or anything like that, it's just the simplest form of trying to get better at whatever it is that you're doing."
"You see the improvements in their game from it. That's all that Mamba mentality is, it's just trying to get better every single day," the five-time champion said.
Bryant's faith in those two stars isn't new. He and Irving have formed a bond, with the latter crediting "Mamba mentality" to helping him secure the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 title win over the Golden State Warriors, after which he immediately FaceTimed Kobe.
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During the offseason, Bryant issued "Mamba challenges" to select players, including the Greek Freak, whom he instructed to try to win league MVP.