The Gold Mamba, Jewell Loyd, shares lessons she learned from Kobe Bryant with aspiring ballers in a new training series
WNBAsuperstar Jewell Loydis bringing the lessons she learned from late NBAlegend Kobe Bryantto the masses.
- Dubbed "The Gold Mamba" by Bryant himself, Loyd teamed up with coach Phil Handy to recreate the
trainingsessions she completed with Kobe.
- The finished product — "GOLD MAMBA WORKOUT" — features 24 drills inspired by Bryant and is available to aspiring ballers on the 94FEETOFGAMEAPP.
Jewell Loyd pushed her game to the next level with the help of her superstar mentor, Kobe Bryant.
Now, the two-time WNBA champion and two-time All-Star is ready to pass on the lessons she learned from the late Los Angeles Lakers legend. Dubbed "The Gold Mamba" by Bryant himself, Loyd teamed up with Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy - who worked directly with "The Black Mamba" - to recreate the training sessions she completed under the tutelage of the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star.The finished product - "GOLD MAMBA WORKOUT" - features 24 drills inspired by Bryant and is available to aspiring ballers everywhere on the 94FEETOFGAMEAPP.
"It's just paying it forward and passing it down," she added.Loyd first met Bryant while sitting courtside at a Lakers game back in his playing days. He followed her on Twitter shortly thereafter, and the then-Notre Dame Fighting Irish star took the opportunity to start "just really picking his brain."
From there, Loyd said Bryant became something of a mentor - answering her questions about "how to get open, different workouts," and more. Eventually, the pair became friends, and later, Bryant anointed her as part of his "Mamba" lineage with the "Gold Mamba" moniker."Early on, I didn't really know what that meant," Loyd said. "I was still growing as an athlete and still growing in my role in the league. And I think this past year, I've been able to embrace that and understand what it means to me." "The Gold Mamba is my version of what I've learned and how I digest that information was given to me," she added. "I just realized that I don't have to be just like Kobe - I can be my own version."
Now that she's learned to embody the esteemed title Bryant bestowed upon her, Loyd is playing the best
More than ever, Loyd felt the urge to share Bryant's wisdom. But passing on his knowledge is about more than basketball itself; she's also intent on continuing Kobe's legacy of promoting the women's game - which she already does every time she steps on the court for the
Loyd has plans to carry out further that goal of making basketball more accessible in her community, too. The Chicago native is in the process of opening her gym in her home city, providing "a space for kids and athletes to be the best people that they can be."
"That was a big part of my next step in life," Loyd said. "Trying to give back to a place that has been home for me and a town that has always had my back.""For me, my focus has always been the next generation, and how can I help them? How can I give back? How can I inspire them?" she added. "Because I understand that I wouldn't be where I am without help, without the resources of people that are and were in my circles."
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