In the Rankings: Week 4

Every Monday, the Lakers Basketblog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.

NBA.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 2 | Diff: +1

The Lakers are cruising so far with Kobe Bryant averaging less than 34 minutes per game, Andrew Bynum getting more consistent and Vladimir Radmanovic hitting 10-for-13 from downtown in the last three games. It’s time to start talking about the ’95-96 Bulls, because the schedule looks pretty easy for the next few weeks.

ESPN.com
This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Diff: 0

Spanking the Suns in Phoenix, then drubbing Denver at home one night later is an authoritative back-to-back sweep. The Lakers, though, would tell you that their D has slipped lately, those two impressive games aside.

SI.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: 0

Their perfect start ended at 7-0 with last Friday’s home loss to the Pistons, but Kobe Bryant & Co. remain the NBA’s gold standard at present. Now Kobe can turn his attention to Thursday’s trip to Phoenix and his former nemesis Shaq, who teased him in a rather “tasteless” rap song last summer.

Average Ranking: This Week: 1.33 | Last Week: 1.66 | Diff: +.33