Dec 12, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Could Use The Return Of Festus Ezeli

The Golden State Warriors are in desperate need of some bigs.

David Lee is hurt. Andrew Bogut seems to be banged up at the worst possible time. Coach Mark Jackson is resting old man Jermaine O’Neal and NBA nomad Hilton Armstrong is not skilled enough to battle the opposing team’s frontcourt players for 30 minutes a game.

One possible candidate to fix the Dubs frontcourt woes is 2012 first round pick Festus Ezeli. Ezeli has yet to play a minute on the floor this season as he is coming off a knee injury of his own, but he is at the end of his long recovery road.

Earlier in the week Monte Poole of offered up some information of Ezeli.

“Festus is working daily,” Poole wrote. “His knee is hold up, though he still has some occasional swelling. He has not yet practiced with the team, so he’s still at least a week away. It’s possible he may not return until the postseason, assuming the Warriors make it.”

While the possible return of Ezeli next week seems highly unlikely, there seems to be a good chance that the former Vanderbilt center returns before the Warriors first playoff game.

Andrew Bougt’s groin injury is expected to keep him out until next week at the earliest. The Warriors battle a Kings team led by power forward DeMarcus Cousins who should bully any and every Warriors front court player Friday night if neither Lee nor Bogut return.

Either way, with Ognjen Kuzmic’s disappointing season, the Warriors’ overuse of Jermaine O’Neal, and now injuries to both Lee and Bogut, Ezeli is needed more than ever.

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  • afannaz

    they can’t afford anybody better than hilton armstrong? for being in win mode (spending all that on iguodala), they aren’t putting together strength at every position. but they’re stuck with unproductive players like barnes, whose actually hurting the team, and they can’t do anything about it. he’s basically untradeable for anybody worth having. i’m not sure what has taken ezili so long, but they really need him now. this team also needs someone speedy, strong to slash hard for points in the paint, i think barnes should be that guy, but that’s for another day. go Warriors!

    • Ben Pickman

      yeah I know they couldn’t afford anybody better than Armstrong. I think they are looking out for Ezeli’s longterm future by waiting so long to bring him back. But i agree he is needed right now.

      I disagree though that Barnes still has some trade value. He has had a disappointing season but still has value. It is only his second season and if he performs as well in the postseason as he did last year then he will regain a lot of his value.