Kobe Not Affected By Criticism & The Top NBA News

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The Los Angeles Lakers have played mediocre basketball this season and as a result the two-time defending champions have faced severe criticism. When asked if the team was getting criticized too harshly, Kobe Bryant said, “I don’t give a [explicit]. I really don’t.”

Kobe Bryant is not worried about the criticism the Lakers have faced this season: Slam Magazine

The Latest on the Lakers

Ron Artest dispelled rumors saying that he would like to be traded from the Los Angeles Lakers. [LakersNation: Daniel Buerge]

After missing Tuesday’s game vs. the Rockets, center Andrew Bynum will play tonight. [LakersNation: Daniel Buerge]

The Latest on the NBA

New Orleans Hornets guard Trevor Ariza may miss a couple weeks due to a sprained ankle. [Pro Basketball Talk: Kurt Helin]

The New York Knicks have been fined $200,000 for conducting illegal draft workouts. [NBA.com]

Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and he is expected to be sidelined for 6-12 months. [NBA.com]

Jason Williams has agreed to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. [Dime Magazine: Aron Phillips]

NBA Game Results for February 2nd, 2011

Atlanta Hawks-100 (31-18) Toronto Raptors-87 (13-37) -F

Indiana Pacers-117 (19-27) Cleveland Cavaliers-112 (8-41) -F

Philadelphia 76ers-106 (22-26) New Jersey Nets-92 (15-35) -F

Charlotte Bobcats-97 (21-27) Detroit Pistons-87 (17-32) -F

Dallas Mavericks-113 (33-15) New York Knicks-97 (25-23) -F

Memphis Grizzlies-102 (26-24) Minnesota Timberwolves-84 (11-37) -F

Oklahoma City Thunder-104 (31-17) New Orleans Hornets-93 (32-19) -F

Denver Nuggets-109 (29-20) Portland Trail Blazers-90 (26-23) -F

Phoenix Suns-92 (23-24) Milwaukee Bucks-77 (19-28) -F

Houston Rockets-97 (23-28) Utah Jazz-96 (29-21) -F

Chicago Bulls 106 (34-14) Los Angeles Clippers-88 (19-29) -F

NBA Schedule for February 3rd, 2011

Miami Heat (34-14) at Orlando Magic (31-18) – TNT- 8:00 P.M. EST/ 5:00 P.M. PST

Milwaukee Bucks (19-28) at Golden State Warriors (20-27) – 10:30 P.M. EST/ 7:30 P.M. PST- NBA League Pass

San Antonio Spurs (40-8) at Los Angeles Lakers (34-15) – TNT- 10:30 P.M. EST/ 7:30 P.M. PST

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