7. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 6 - 4
Last Week's Rank: 7
Last Week's Results: W vs. Houston, 108-99 (Tue); L @ Portland, 96-107 (Thu); W vs. Golden State, 97-90 (Fri); W vs. Memphis, 90-82 (Sun)
This Week: vs. Phoenix, Tuesday (1/10); @ Utah, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Cleveland, Friday (1/13); @ L.A. Clippers, Saturday (1/14)

Los Angeles has a new coach, new offense, and a few new uhh...paler dudes but the Lakers are proving that while some things may change, other key components remain the same. In other words, Kobe Bryant is the heart and soul of the team and as he goes, they go. Despite a torn ligament in his wrist, Kobe went off for 30-plus points in three of the four games played this week and the Lake Show picked up three Ws in the process. Another key to their success seems to be home court, L.A. is 6-1 at the Staples Center at home this season and 0-3 away from home. So, since they're playing "at" the Clippers on Friday does that mean...? #mindfucked —Ralph Warner