Joining Sports Illustrated and Hoopshype, ESPN's Marc Stein now ranks the Nets at No. 4 in his NBA power rankings, noting that no team has a winning streak even close to the Nets' 8-gamer. CBS Sportsline's Tony Mejia says they're fifth best. Yahoo's Steve Kerr concedes the Nets are indeed hot, but still ranks them no higher than No. 8.
- Power Rankings: Brand new year for Nets, Suns, Warriors, Jazz - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Nothing but Nets - Steve Kerr - Yahoo! Sports
- December Edicts: Pistons, Knicks no contest at top, bottom - Tony Mejia - CBS Sportsline