Champs deserve to be judged by different standard

If opponents measure the Lakers by a different standard, why can't the Power Rankings?

Updated: December 6, 2002, 7:42 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

ESPN.com users sound off on senior writer Marc Stein's NBA Power Rankings from Dec. 3. Stein's responses to the top 10 responses are included.

1. Still can't find the courage to rank the Lakers in the bottom 10 where they belong? How many more do they have to lose before you writers admit that the rest of the league has figured them out and that they simply are not a good team?Drew HoekstraBiloxi, Miss.

STEIN: Here's the thing, Drew. When all the other teams in the league stop looking ...

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