HoopsHype Festus Ezeli rumors

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Rusty Simmons: The Warriors are going with the same starting lineup from Game 4 in tonight's game at LA. Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli are still out. Twitter @Rusty_SFChron

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The Golden State Warriors are tipping off the team’s new “Step Up Your Game” initiative in partnership with a private, statewide health foundation The California Endowment at a Warriors Community Basketball Clinic, it was announced today. A project of the statewide Active Alliance, Step Up Your Game is designed to provide Bay Area youth with fun activities while also encouraging and motivating them to pursue their goals by working hard, making good choices and living a well-balanced lifestyle. For the first event of the program, Warriors players Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green, Nemanja Nedovic and Marreese Speights will run basketball drills with over 100 students from Hayward High School and San Lorenzo High School, along with emphasizing the importance of maximizing their potential. NBA.com

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In my column about bullying in the NBA, I noted that the Warriors filled then-rookie Kent Bazemore’s Audi with popcorn and removed the tires from fellow rookie Festus Ezeli’s car and placed them in his locker. Veteran forward David Lee clarified that both pranks were motivated by the rookies not following team rules. Bleacher Report

Bazemore violated the shower code, which is that if all the showers are occupied when a veteran enters, he must give his up regardless of where he is in his hygiene routine. (Apparently Stephen Curry entered and Bazemore said something to the effect of, “Just give me a minute.”) Ezeli’s indiscretion was helping himself to a plate of food on the team plane ahead of the veterans. “We didn’t do it just because they were rookies,” Lee said. “There was cause and effect.” Bleacher Report

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Joe Lacob: With Bogut, you have to look back and say, yes, he has been injury-prone. There is a big risk here that we're going to be signed up for four years on a guy who may not play as much as we'd like. But you have to look at free agency next summer. There's not a lot. We would be fighting, like we were two years ago, looking for a center. We like Festus Ezeli, but we believe in being good and big and having depth. We had to take a chance. We decided he plays the exact type of basketball that we want to base our team around. So, let's take a chance. Hey, you're not going to win on all these things. But he fits very, very well with what we're trying to build. CSNBayArea.com

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Warriors second-year center Festus Ezeli gradually made his way from stop to stop at the Golden State’s annual Media Day on Friday. Known for his athleticism and strength, he was reduced to a ginger pace. “This is my first time walking without my brace,” Ezeli said. Ezeli had right knee surgery in June. Per the team, doctors went in to “reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament…” He was initially expected to be out six to nine months and Ezeli said he is still on that track. So for now, the beast is tamed. Ezeli said the task for him is to trust the process and get healthy. But part of him knew this was coming. He sprained his knee in the regular season finale at Portland. He said he was in serious pain throughout the playoffs but still averaged 11 minutes per game in the postseason wearing a protective brace. “I had to do what I had to do,” Ezeli said, pounding his chest with his fist. “We were on a mission.” Contra Costa Times

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Marc Stein: One-year deal for O'Neal w/Golden State, helping Dubs fortify front line that has also added Marreese Speights to Bogut (and injured Ezeli) Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent successful surgery yesterday on his right knee, the team announced. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, was necessary to reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Ezeli’s right knee. Ezeli suffered a sprained right knee during the club’s regular-season finale this season at Portland on April 17. He will begin rehabilitation in the near future and is expected to make a complete recovery. The team’s medical staff indicates that recovery time could be a minimum of 6-9 months. NBA.com

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