13. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 10 - 8
Last Week's Rank: 7
Last Week's Results: W vs. Dallas 73-70, (Mon); L @ Miami 87-98, (Thu); L @ Orlando 80-92, (Fri); L vs. Indiana 96-98, Sunday (1/22)
This Week: vs. LA Clippers, Wednesday (1/25); @ Milwaukee, Saturday (1/28); @ Minnesota, Sunday (1/29

Last week, we asked how much longer could Kobe Bryant continue carrying this team to victory. Well, we got our answer pretty quickly. It didn't matter whether Kobe went off for 30-plus points in games against Orlando and Indiana or if he had poorer shooting nights like the ones against the Heat and Mavs, the Lakers offensive woes are pretty obvious. They no longer have Phil Jackson's triangle to rely on; now it's Mike Brown's "Let's just pray our superstar is on his game tonight" style of offense. And with Kobe having some other pressing issues on his mind, this team could be struggling for a while. —Ralph Warner