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Festus Ezeli | Center

Team: Golden State Warriors
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 255
College: Vanderbilt
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Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.
Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I’m close enough," Ezeli said. "I’m getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again. Sep 16 - 11:47 PM
Source: SFGate

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Festus Ezeli will not play in Summer League this year because of right shin inflammation.

Ezeli has missed enough time with his knee surgery to take it easy on the first sign of trouble, but it also goes without saying that the Warriors would appreciate him getting his work in. The team says the injury isn't serious and we'll know by his participation in the preseason.
Jul 7 - 11:30 PM

Warriors center Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) has been cleared to play and he's expected to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Ezeli has been out for almost a year after having surgery to repair ligaments in his right knee, but he's been playing pickup games since the end of the regular season. "They think it's a good idea [to play in Summer Leauge], so I probably will," Ezeli said. "Just go to Vegas, get some touches and get my rhythm back. Just get back to playing. Get back to being comfortable on the court." Andrew Bogut has a lengthy history of injuries and Jermaine O'Neal is uncertain to return for Golden State next season, so a healthy Ezeli would be a nice boost for the Warriors' frontcourt.
Jun 10 - 3:32 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play in Game 7 on Saturday.

For whatever reason, there was a positive report about Ezeli possibly playing last weekend, but there has been nothing else to suggest he's ready to go. Ezeli has been limited in practice and the Warriors should have a heavy dose of Draymond Green and David Lee tonight.
May 3 - 10:31 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) went through some portions of practice on Friday.

It is being called "live work" with the other big men, so he doesn't sound like he was a full participant. Ezeli does have a chance to play in Game 7 on Saturday and the Warriors could use him if they get into foul trouble as a unit, but he's not going to be a huge piece of the puzzle, especially with how Draymond Green has stepped it up.
May 2 - 4:14 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

Outside of one optimistic report over the weekend, there has been little reason to think Ezeli will suit up for this series. There has been no word on the big man taking on contact and the Warriors will continue to mix and match their way with big men next to David Lee.
May 1 - 8:52 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) is not expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

There was a report on Sunday that he could return for that game, but it did seem optimistic. There has been no word of Ezeli taking on contact and we'd think he's closer to doubtful to play in this series vs. the Clippers. It'll be Draymond Green and David Lee getting most of the minutes in the paint for the Warriors in the near future.
Apr 28 - 2:30 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) is getting closer and could make his debut on Tuesday in Game 5.

He was ruled out for Sunday back on Friday and has been going through 5-on-0 workouts. Ezeli's knee surgery has kept him inactive since last offseason and the Warriors probably won't use him much.
Apr 27 - 7:28 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will not play in Game 3 and Game 4 vs. the Clippers.

He is up to 5-on-0 workouts and has been out for 10 months due to knee surgery. There seems to be a very little chance he'll be able to play in this series against the Clippers since he's still not taking on contact -- arguably the biggest step of his rehab. The Warriors will have to use Jermaine O'Neal, David Lee, Hilton Armstrong, Marreese Speights and Draymond Green a bit more to alleviate the loss of Andrew Bogut (ribs).
Apr 24 - 8:57 PM

Warriors center Festus Ezeli admitted frustration over the slow recovery of his surgically-repaired right knee.

Ezeli had surgery 10 months ago with an expected recovery time of 6-9 months, but he only recently was cleared to bend his knee. It's very unlikely that he'll be healthy enough to appear in the playoffs, which is unfortunate for the Warriors since they're already without Andrew Bogut (rib).
Apr 23 - 1:39 PM

Festus Ezeli (right knee) has been cleared to take contact in one-on-one drills and he expects to begin practicing "pretty soon."

The Warriors' 24-year-old center hasn't played all season after surgery last June to repair his MCL and PCL ligaments. His return to health is a welcome sight for Golden State, but he's unlikely to play as long as Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal are active.
Apr 14 - 10:06 AM

Festus Ezeli will miss six to nine months after undergoing knee surgery.

Ezeli suffered a sprained right knee at the end of the regular season. The Warriors said he needed surgery to reinforce the MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee. Unfortunately for Golden State, the timeline makes it unlikely that Ezeli will return before Christmas and could be sidelined for most of next season.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Festus Ezeli will start for the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.

Mark Jackson doesn't want to play small ball this time, which could end up being a mistake. The Spurs shot 10-of-21 from deep in Game 5 and they'll likely get plenty of open looks with Andrew Bogut and Ezeli down low. Of course, this could just be posturing and Ezeli isn't likely to get many minutes in the grand scheme of things. Carl Landry moves to the bench.
Thu, May 16, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Festus Ezeli is expected to start at power forward in Game 2 vs. the Spurs.

Mark Jackson confirmed the plan at shootaround on Wednesday. The matchup is designed to keep Bogut away from defending Tim Duncan, but it's not clear how much time Ezeli will actually see in the second game of the series.
Wed, May 8, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Festus Ezeli replaced Carl Landry as the starting PF during the Warriors' practice on Sunday.

This doesn't necessarily mean that Landry will come off the bench, and the availability of Spurs big man Tiago Splitter (ankle) could determine how Golden State matches up. David Lee (hip) will be in uniform but he's only expected to play a few minutes if he takes the court at all.
Mon, May 6, 2013 05:40:00 PM

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