Originally posted by marshniners24:
I don't know. He's coming off a back injury so we'll see if he has the same explosiveness (im assuming he does).
But Kobe at SF is not a good match up for another year older Kobe Bryant. Let's not forget mid year he was looking pretty sluggish last year(for Kobe) despite having a good overal year.
Kobe @ SF- below average/average
Without boring you with the details, the back surgery that Howard have should have no long term implications, and he should return to 100%. If you're at all interested in why, read this
thread, which is a recap of the chief orthopaedic surgeon at Cedar-Sinai and his explanation of Dwight's particular injury. Many people hear "bad back" and think that one injury is just as bad as the other, but this particular surgery should yield no long term effects.
There are a small group of SFs that couple would struggle guarding, like LeBron, Melo, Gay, & Durant, but that list is only like 4 or 5 deep. Beyond that Top 5 you have guys like Batum, Dudley, Prince, Gerald Wallace, Marion, Leonard, etc. Kobe wouldn't have any problem defending any of those dudes.