HoopsHype Festus Ezeli rumors

September 28, 2013 Updates

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

June 13, 2013 Updates

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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Warriors center Festus Ezeli only played six minutes in Game 1. A sprained right knee, now imprisoned by a bulky brace, has left him with less than his usual mobility and explosiveness. Ezeli has to wear the brace in Game 2 because his knee is still not ready to go without it. He sprained it in the season finale and has been trying to get it right since. Contra Costa Times

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"I'm definitely surprised by the Warriors," the scout said. "Everybody has improved for them over the course of the year, and from a coaching standpoint they've got a better feel for what they have. They understand how to put the guys into situations to be successful. Festus Ezeli has been a surprise to everyone. He's physical and athletic. He's not a great offensive player, but he can finish around the rim, and he gives them a defensive presence to help resolve one of the issues they've had in previous years. I'm surprised by their defense and their mental toughness, which has been shown on the road already by the games they've won in the East. SI.com

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The Heat also have a first-round pick, No. 27, this week that they are expected to use on a backup big man such as Fab Melo of Syracuse, Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure or Festus Ezeli of Vanderbilt depending on who might be available. ESPN.com

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Al Horford: "We have the 23rd pick and I know the team will draft the best player available. I would like to pick a shooter like Kentucky's Doron Lamb. But it wouldn't bother me if they picked a big who could help me like Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt). Anyway, I doubt they will pick Jeff Teague's brother, Marquis Teague." Primera Hora

Ezeli worked out for the Cavaliers on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He is projected to be either a late first- or early second-round pick, meaning he should be available when the Cavaliers select at No. 24 and perhaps even with their second-round picks (Nos. 33 and 34). Sun Herald

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