The Gold Mamba, Jewell Loyd, shares lessons she learned from Kobe Bryant with aspiring ballers in a new training series

Meredith Cash
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Dubbed "The Gold Mamba" by Kobe Bryant himself, WNBA star Jewell Loyd is passing on lessons she learned from "The Black Mamba" through a new workout. REUTERS/Bill Waugh/Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
  • WNBA superstar Jewell Loyd is bringing the lessons she learned from late NBA legend Kobe Bryant to the masses.

  • Dubbed "The Gold Mamba" by Bryant himself, Loyd teamed up with coach Phil Handy to recreate the training sessions 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.

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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.

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Jewell Loyd trains with Phil Handy. 94FEETOFGAMEAPP

The finished product - "GOLD MAMBA WORKOUT" - features 24 drills inspired by Bryant and is available to aspiring ballers everywhere on the 94FEETOFGAMEAPP.

"Kobe had a lot of information and, in his latest years after he retired, he did a great job of giving that information to the next generation of athletes, regardless of the sport they were in," Loyd told Insider. "For me, understanding that and knowing that I have information, I want to do as much as I can to give that back to the next generation."

"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."

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Jewell Loyd. Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

"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 basketball of her young career. Unfortunately, Bryant isn't around to see it; the NBA icon died alongside his daughter, Gigi, and seven others in a tragic helicopter accident in January of 2020.

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 Seattle Storm - and helping make top-notch training material accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

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Jewell Loyd completes a drill featured in the “GOLD MAMBA WORKOUT.” 94FEETOFGAMEAPP

"This app allows people who really don't have resources or don't have a personal trainer to get professional training and advice - the real stuff and not just stuff from some people who don't know anything about the league," Loyd said. "They're getting real access to Phil - who's been in the league and has trained everyone from Kobe to Kawhi [Leonard] to Kyrie [Irving] - and real information, which is hard to get sometimes, especially for females. So allowing them to have that all in one place in an app is pretty amazing."

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."

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Phil Handy (left) and Jewell Loyd train together. 94FEETOFGAMEAPP

"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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