Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli is expected to be out for six-to-nine months after undergoing right knee surgery on Wednesday.
Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver notes that Ezeli injured his left knee during Golden State’s season finale in Portland (April 17). The rookie center played through the injury, making 12 postseason appearances. With Stephen Curry and David Lee, it’s easy to see why his injury was overlooked.
Below is what the Warriors released regarding the details of the procedure (via Sports Illustrated):
Ezeli was originally disagnosed with a knee sprain but the surgery will “reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament” in his knee, according to the Warriors.
The surgery, according to the Associated Press, was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The six-to-nine-week timetable would put Ezeli out until at least December, but after the first of the new year would be a more realistic prediction.
Regardless, the injury puts the Warriors’ frontcourt in a vulnerable spot. The injury-prone Andrew Bogut is always a good-bet to miss some games, if not lengthy periods of time. Lee will be healthy in time for training camp (he tore his hip flexor in Game 1 of the first round), but there could be some lingering affects.
So, the backup role could fall on Andris Biedrins, which gives you a pretty good idea of the situation. Biedrins recorded more fouls (101) than points (24) in 2012-13.
In short, health will again be a big theme for the Warriors.