SLAM presents KOBE: our 2016 tribute to Bean’s entire career. With rare photos and exclusive interviews, everything about the Mamba’s playing career, from high school to the pros, is examined and explored in these pages. Get a look inside the mentality that made 8 & 24 as dominant on the court as any player to ever lace up. His five rings and 30,000+ points are celebrated with words by Scoop Jackson and photos by Atiba Jefferson, among others. This issue is a way to keep Mamba Mentality alive and remember one of the best to ever do it.