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31 Festus Ezeli C
Height/Weight: 6-11/265 | Birthdate: 10/21/1989 | Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria | Team: Golden State Warriors | College: Vanderbilt | NBA Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 154.00
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Warriors C Festus Ezeli ruled out Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:47 pm ET) Warriors center Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out of Thursday's game at the Clippers, and Mareese Speights or David Lee will get the start, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Golden State is a 1.5-point underdog.


Warriors C Festus Ezeli (ankle) questionable Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli is questionable to play in Thursday's game against the Clippers due to a mild left ankle sprain, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Ezeli suffered the injury in the third quarter of Tuesday's loss to the Lakers and didn't return but did say after the game that he could have come back into the game. The center also indicated Tuesday that he expected to play Thursday.

The Warriors are a 2-point underdog in Los Angeles against the Clippers Thursday, per Vegas Insider.


Warriors' David Lee, Andrew Bogut ruled out Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Warriors centers David Lee and Andrew Bogut have been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lee, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, has played just once this year. Bogut has missed the last four games with a knee issue. Festus Ezeli will likely continue to start at center for the Warriors with both players sidelined.


Report: Warriors' Bogut to have knee reevaluated Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his right knee and will have the knee reevaluated Wednesday, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Bogut has missed four consecutive games while dealing with the knee issue. While Bogut initially believed the issue was minor, the discomfort appears to be increasing.

"From what I was told, it wasn't something I should be worried about, but evidently, it probably is," Bogut said.

In 20 games, Bogut is averaging 7.0 points and 9.2 rebounds. His next opportunity to play will be Thursday against the Thunder.

Center Festus Ezeli is listed as Bogut’s top backup. Ezeli is averaging 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17 games.


Report: Warriors to pick up two options, reject another


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Warriors are expected to pick up the fourth-year options on forward Harrison Barnes and backup center Festus Ezeli while declining the third-year option on reserve guard Nemanja Nedovic, sources have told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Barnes is the big name in that trio. He will be receiving $3.9 million after averaging between 9.0 and 9.5 points per game in each of his first three seasons.


Warriors center Festus Ezeli set to play for first time in 17 months


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will make his first appearance in a competitive game in 17 months during Tuesday's preseason game against the Clippers. Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery and has been sidelined since the summer due to shin inflammation.

"He's going to just get a few minutes just to start to get some timing and experience," coach Steve Kerr said, per the Bay Area News Group. "He's feeling pretty good. Festus is a big part of what we're doing going forward. I like to stay big as much as possible. . . . We've got plenty of depth at that spot when everybody's healthy."


Warriors center Festus Ezeli won't play this week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli doesn't expect to return this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Ezeli has made some progress after a shin injury, but won't play in the team's upcoming three-game road trip. He could return shortly after that depending on how well he is able to recover. 


Festus Ezeli on opening night: 'That's the plan'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) When asked Tuesday whether he would be ready for the regular-season opener, Warriors center Festus Ezeli said, "That's the plan," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ezeli has been held out of practice for the past five days after suffering a setback with his shin inflammation. "The whole point of what we’ve been doing so far is re-evaluating it every week," he said. "You never really know how it’s going to react until you’re on the court. I went through that process, and now we know how it stands. We just have to go back to the drawing board and make my leg stronger."

Ezeli indicated that the injured shin feels much better than it did in the summer. He's expected to fill a backup role with the Warriors this season.


Festus Ezeli cleared to play in Las Vegas Summer League


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli has been cleared to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League next month, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Ezeli was unable to play last season after having knee surgery in July of 2013.

"They think it's a good idea, 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."

Festus Ezeli not likely to play Game 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will have to wait a little longer to make his season debut. He is not expected to play Game 5 against the Clippers on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Ezeli, who's 10 months removed from offseason knee surgery, recently received medical clearance for one-on-one drills and has begun taking part in 5-0 drills. He's yet to take part in scrimmages with the team in practice, leaving his status up in the air for the rest of the opening round of the playoffs. Game 6 is on Thursday.

Festus Ezeli not ready to play Game 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will sit out Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs against the Clippers on Sunday, Yahoo! Sports reports. Ezeli is working his way back from offseason surgery, which was expected to take only 6-9 months of recovery. He is now 10 months removed from the procedure.

Ezeli recently received medical clearance for one-on-one drills and has begun taking part in 5-0 drills. He's yet to take part in scrimmages with the team in practice, leaving his status up in the air for the rest of the opening round of the playoffs.

Festus Ezeli cleared for one-on-one drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli received medical clearance for one-on-one drills on Sunday as he nears a return to the practice floor, the Mercury News reports. Ezeli has yet to play a game this season due to offseason knee surgery.

Festus Ezeli out at least another month


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli has yet to play this season, and his return is not particularly close as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBA.com Ezeli is still out at least another month.

Ezeli appeared in 78 games as a rookie a year ago, but has been out since offseason knee surgery. He averaged 2.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a rookie. 


Festus Ezeli won't be back before March, GM says


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Thursday that center Festus Ezeli, who underwent knee surgery last June, is not likely to return before March.

Ezeli has yet to play this season while recovering from offseason surgery, which had a six-to-nine month timetable for recovering. He averaged 2.4 points and 4.0 rebounds last season for Golden State.

Festus Ezeli 'still not close'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli has yet to play this season while recovering from offseason knee surgery, and coach Mark Jackson does not think he is nearing a return. Though Ezeli has been advancing in his pre-practice workouts, Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle the second-year big man is "still not close to playing."

Ezeli underwent the surgery in July, and had a six-to-nine month timetable for recovering, so there is no concern that he has suffered a setback at this time. 


Warriors exercise options on three players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) The Warriors announced Friday that they have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Klay Thompson and the third-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli.

Ezeli undergoes knee surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Warriors center Festus Ezeli had surgery in early June to "reinforce the MCL and PCL" in his right knee, likely sidelining him well into the 2013-14 season. The team announced the procedure, which was needed to repair damage he suffered in April. The minimum recovery time is expected to be six to nine months, likely putting him out until the mid-way point of the season.