Festus Ezeli out for start of season after surgery


I’m sure a lot of you comedians are hoping it’s surgery on his hands to make him catch the ball better (if only). But no, Festus Ezeli underwent surgery on Wednesday to reenforce ligaments in his right knee, according to the team.

The center sprained his knee in the regular season finale but still was able to play in the playoffs.

Here’s the part where you say, “YIKES”: The Warriors estimate Ezeli to be out at least six-to-nine months. By that timetable, the earliest he could return to action would be shortly before Christmas. So, yeah, yikes.

Here’s more from the team’s press release:

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.

It’s a significant setback for Ezeli, who as a rookie this season showed glimpses of a player who could become a reliable center in this league but was still mostly raw and inexperienced. He really could have used the offseason, particularly the summer league, to make improvements and minimize the growing pains. Now he’ll be lucky to just get back on the court by the end of the calendar.

So, get ready for a lot more of towel-snappin’ Andris Biedrins.

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