You know what's scary...with the rust, with it being his first game as a Laker and account for those tears and butterflies, with it being the first game he's played with his new teammates -- he still looked like the best big man in the game. When he gets his conditioning back to 100%, shakes the rest of the dust off, and start to develop a better chemistry with Nash, Kobe, and Pau and they learn where they want each other to be on the court
...Look out league, Dwight's a baaaaad man.
Some random thoughts and comments from the game:
-Loved the activity and the non-stop motor. Most players who have a motor like that are the Mark Madsens, the Jordan Hills, the Josh Powells of the league. Rarely does a superstar big man have a motor like that. He doesn't take plays off.
-Pau needs to learn he doesn't need to double Dwight's man, it resulted in fouls on one of them. Maybe Dwight will need to help on Pau's man, but I think Dwight can handle his matchup himself.
-He strikes fear into the opposition, they'll stop in their tracks when he's in the paint. He's such a force defensively even when he's not making the block or the stop, just off sheer intimidation. It was quality entertainment. Even with him not at 100% on conditioning, he still covers ground defensively so quickly...it's ridiculous. I really don't think there is a player who makes a bigger impact when you factor in both offense and defense.
-I think Dwight is going to love playing next to Pau on offense...those two easy buckets he got Dwight (off Nash's hockey assists) made it look too easy. Hedo was the best passing forward he has played with, but Pau is a much smarter player.
-He's a lean mean dunking machine. Between lobs and cleanups off missed baskets (like MWP's missed layup), I think he might be able to dunk in his sleep. This actually would have been a time we could've lived with Fish's missed layups when you have Dwight waiting in the wings to scoop it up and slam it home.
-He runs hard. He makes a bee line to the rim and that really opens up things for the shooters. I think MWP might benefit from playing with him more than anyone else on this roster. Meeks needs
to see time with Dwight too, someone alert Mikey of this.
-Loved Kobe's two lobs to him...a little reminiscent of the Kobe-Shaq era. Those are going to be very fun this season.
-The Nash-Dwight P&R will take some time to develop a familiarity but they'll get there. Right now, they're playing just off their sheer talent and abilities, much like an All-Star game. Can't wait till chemistry starts kicking in.