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Kobe Bryant returns to Manila


The Black Mamba returns to Mega Manila!

After Jordan Clarkson made his return to the Philippines to help unveil the new Nike Gilas Pilipinas kits, another Los Angeles Laker is set to turn to the country as all-time Laker leading scorer and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is set to inspire a new generation of young Filipinos to embrace the Mamba Mentality.


Mamba Mentality is a philosophy derived from Kobe’s approach to the game, and his aspirations of chasing perfection through hard work, resilience and passion in every aspect of life on and off the court. This is the Mamba’s first visit to the Philippines after his retirement from the NBA.


The Mamba Mentality Tour aims to challenge and inspire the mindset of Pinoy ballers to be relentless, resilient, and fearless in the sport of basketball and life. This will be achieved through Kobe Academy on June 26, where selected ballers, who have shown that they have the skills and Mamba Mentality mindset, will train with the Black Mamba himself.

To qualify for the Kobe Academy, ballers are invited to join the Kobe Academy Pre-Camp from June 22-24, to bring their game and be challenged at 4am basketball sessions. Known for his legendary work ethic, Kobe would wake up and start his training sessions in the early morning before team practice, sometimes as early as 4am.

Filipino fans can also look forward to Mamba Mentality Night to witness the legacy of his 20-year career at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, June 25.

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