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Warriors’ Festus Ezeli out 6-9 months after knee surgery

Jun 13, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

Festus Ezeli

Warriors backup center Festus Ezeli is going to be out for the start of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee Wednesday, the team has announced.

Ezeli sprained his right knee in the Warriors regular season finale but battled through it for two rounds of the post season, playing 11 minutes a game off the bench behind Andrew Bogut.

But after that sprain surgery was “necessary to reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Ezeli’s right knee,” according to a statement by the team.

The surgery will have him out until around Christmas at the earliest and maybe closer to the All-Star break.

Ezeli averaged 2 points and 4 rebounds a game in the regular season, starting 41 contests (until Bogut returned). He’s a key part of their depth and will be missed.

  1. thomaskouns - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Great guy andntoughnosed player. Come back soon Festus…..

  2. dirtydrew - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    It sounds weird, but he was better than his numbers. Too bad.

  3. anhdazman - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    So currently Biedrins becomes the main Center back up for the Warriors again. Oh boy.
    This makes resigning Landry a much bigger deal.
    Warriors will probably go small at times with Lee, Landry, Barnes Thompson and Curry.
    This is going to stun the growth of Ezeli. It would have been nice to get him some more time in our Summer League games. He could have also been working on his post up game and work on improving catching and finishing around the rim.

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