OK I've drank the Dwight "has-bought-in-and-is-ready to-beast-for-us" koolaid
. Actually I feel it's beyond that and it is apparent on the floor and in his demeanor. Actions finally supporting "words". He's actually motivated and inspired at the moment .....with winning, a chance for a ring and re-establishing his dominance
. He really IS learning the take no prisoners "winning mentality" from the best in the business, Kobe Bryant. Not to mention Gasol and Nash. Definitely "winners" too. Well hell....MWP has a ring as well. Oh wait.....no he doesn't
needs another one.
This Dwight really changes the whole equation. Think of who our most key players were then compared to same positions now. Defense with Dwight/Kobe/Metta leading everyone else with their plans and schemes as needed and on offense..... Kobe/Nash game plans for this squad vs Phil and the Tri and defenses of our 2 championship seasons.
Assuming everyone stays reasonably healthy and is reasonably (for our particular key players) "rested" going into the playoffs, helped by Pau lengthening the rotation.
Younger Gasols smoke (or maybe not so badly?) an older and slower, but very
motivated current Gasol if he can shoot well, rebound and play somewhat decent D. Excellent still as an offensive presence and distributor.
Younger Kobes >>< an edge (but damn...maybe not by much?) over the way current
Kobe is playing
Younger Lamar's an edge >>< Over Jamison and (rested & healthy) Clark....but by how much?
Ariza and 1st year Artest >>< An edge over current Metta World Piece
Derek Fisher ><< an edge to having Steve freaking Nash but missing Fish's toughness and physicality and better-to-a-degree defense
Rest of the 2 short rotations of championship squads >< Pretty even (?) vs this year's Meeks and Blake and (?)
No Bynum and Bynum gutting it out following year <<<<<<<< vs Dwight Howard (see above) hitting playoffs in "beast" mode.
A beasting, getting closer to "Orlando Dwight" Howard seems to me to put us maybe up with those championship squads if we figure out our defense and all around team "precision" cutting down on turnovers. But the other elite teams besides the Lakers are better this year too than our championship years.
Edit....changed title to "as good" meaning "in ballpark with" instead of "better than". What I was really getting at.