I am not looking for a couple of highlight-reel dunks on the new guy's first day of work for the Trail Blazers. Nor do I expect forward Gerald Wallace to know all coach Nate McMillan's offensive sets. And I won't be observing whether Wallace plays every screen right, or makes every open field-goal attempt.

On Sunday, I'll mostly be watching the other Blazers players to see how they respond.

First, though, one important question: With Wallace's debut, what's the over-under on total number of headbands at the Rose Garden?

The Blazers got the head-banded Wallace in Thursday's trade. Charlotte got Sean Marks, Dante Cunningham, Joel Przybilla and a couple of first-round draft picks. And so I'm thinking the manufacturers of the fad "Three Goggles" are the real losers here.

I love Wallace's game. I'm eager to see him in a Blazers uniform. And I suspect that Portland ends up not fun at all to play against with the relentless and athletic Wallace joining the team.

Nasty is back, yeah?

Still, Sunday isn't really about Wallace. Sure, he's the new ingredient, but the first game with the small forward in the rotation doesn't feel as much to me about Wallace as it does his new teammates.

What will the chemistry among the rest of the guys feel like? Who will give up shots? How will veteran point guard Andre Miller choose to get Wallace involved?

Owner Paul Allen declared in the news release that the trade is part of his crusade to "make some noise" in the playoffs. So that's the mission, all around. And the Blazers have 23 regular-season games remaining to mesh, gel and figure out how to turn a first-round series into an uncomfortable corner of hell for a higher-seeded opponent.