Jewell Loyd talks Kobe Bryant-inspired ‘Gold Mamba Workouts’ with Slam Magazine

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As sports fans know, the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, a two-time WNBA champion, got the “Gold Mamba” nickname from the late Kobe Bryant, nicknamed the “Black Mamba.”

Loyd is a rising star in the WNBA, and one of the reasons for that is her extensive training regimen. She is now bringing her workouts to the masses.

The young Storm star, in collaboration with Phil Handy, who founded the 94FeetOfGame training business, has launched “Gold Mamba Workouts” on his app. Handy is also a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach.

The workouts are Bryant-inspired and will feature 24 drills – a tribute to the late NBA great’s number during the latter half of his career in Los Angeles. Loyd also wears 24 with the Storm.

Loyd spoke with Slam Magazine about the new workout series and revealed that it was actually Kyrie Irving who first brought her and Handy together.


I met Kyrie, a couple of years before I met Phil and we just connected. It’s pretty amazing that a lot of people who were really close with Kobe, we’re still close even when he’s not here. I mean we still feel his presence when we’re around each other.

–Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm (Slam Magazine)

Loyd says that she wanted to “invest” in her game entering last year’s 2020 season in the bubble. She mentioned how she is particular about working with certain trainers because she understands some, knowing she is a WNBA player, will only want to work with her for the Instagram views and likes.

According to her, the workout is a rigorous one, which requires challenging oneself and escaping one’s comfort zone.


I guess my whole thing is like there’s no excuse and Phil knows this too, anytime anywhere. You can always make time, you can always figure out how to do it and being able to have access in your phone, being able to have this, like you don’t have an excuse to say, ‘oh well I didn’t know what drills to do.’ Now on your phone, here’s this.

–Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm (Slam Magazine)

As someone who was close to No. 8 and 24, she is one of many within the basketball community that feel a responsibility to carry on Bryant’s legacy.

That’s just we have pureness about and joy about. It’s really about the next generation, you know, I’m here doing what I love and I want the kids, and people, to be able to do the same.

–Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm (Slam Magazine)

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