The list of those who believe Kobe Bryant is selfish will not include the student-athletes at UC Irvine.
Anteaters in all sports were invited to an evening with the Lakers' superstar on Sept. 23 and the Newport Coast resident entertained and enlightened during an interactive session with about 500 in attendance at the Bren Events Center.
UCI men's volleyball coach John Speraw, who met Bryant at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, initiated the idea, originally hoping Bryant would relay some wisdom about his passion for excellence to Speraw's players.
But after conferring with UCI men's basketball assistant Ryan Badrtalei, who for years has coordinated Bryant's periodic workouts at UCI, it was decided to expand the invitation to all student-athletes.
The event came together in less than a week and UCI complied with Bryant's wish to have only student-athletes in the stands. No media was invited and Bryant even requested that the event not be videotaped.