On April 2, 2018, Kobe Bryant brought some of his "Mamba Mentality" to an event hosted by the USC Performance Science Institute and USC's Marshall School of Business. The former Lakers player and 18-time All-Star spoke to students about his mindset while playing basketball, his experience finding new talents and passions after completing his career as a professional athlete, and about the necessity of protecting your dreams and imagination.
The event was held soon after Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 Academy Awards for his short "Dear Basketball", which was played for students before Bryant's talk.
Bryant took questions from USC students and even one from former USC football head coach and current Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Students asked Bryant a variety of questions such as how his competitive nature translates to his new career and his views on mental health in professional athletes.
President and controlling owner of the Lakers Jeanie Buss also made a special appearance, praising Bryant for his leadership and dedication to the Lakers even when the organization was not of the same caliber as Bryant. Bryant took the opportunity to speak to the students about the value he places on commitment when working with a team.
At the end of the night current USC football head coach, Clay Helton, presented Bryant with a USC jersey personalized with Bryant's name and number.
The event was held at USC's Bovard Auditorium and was captured with multiple cameras. ESI Video primarily captures live events with the Panasonic DVX200 4K Camera.
You can check out Bryant's full talk on YouTube.