6. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 28 - 17
Last Week's Rank: 6
Last Week's Results: W @ Memphis 116-111, (Tue); W @ New Orleans 107-101, (Wed); W vs. Minnesota 97-92, (Fri); L vs. Utah 99-103, (Sun)
This Week: @ Houston, Tuesday (3/20); @ Dallas, Wednesday (3/21); vs. Portland, Friday (3/23); vs. Memphis, Sunday (3/25)

This past week the Lake Show made more headlines for front office moves than on the court ones. They made improvements at the point guard position by acquiring Ramon Sessions in a trade with the Cavs and they added another big man in Jordan Hill from the Rockets. They cleared some some cap room by sending Luke Walton to Cleveland and Derek Fisher to the Rockets. Losing the veteran point guard means they'll give up a bit of leadership in the locker room as Fisher was alongside Kobe Bryant for each of his five championship runs. As far as on the court moves go, the Lakers had a solid 4-1 week. But a point of concern came in Sunday's game against the Jazz when Kobe went 3 for 20 from the field in a 99-103 loss. When you take into account the fact that Andrew Bynum went off for 33 points, you have to wonder why the Black Mamba didn't just defer to the All-Star center on such a bad shooting night. Or better yet, why didn't Mike Brown tell Bryant to ease up on his shooting? Hmmm... —Ralph Warner