After a promising rookie campaign, Golden State Warriors’ center Festus Ezeli seemed primed to make leaps and bounds his sophomore season.
That is, until he injured his knee and needed surgery to repair his MCL and PCL before the start of last season. He was slated to return at around the midway point of the year, but setbacks popped up and Ezeli never stepped foot on the court.
Finally, he’s healed. Ezeli has been cleared to play, and spoke to reporters on Tuesday. He said he will participate in Summer League to get his rhythm back, and that he’s looking to add some “explosiveness” to his game.
Ezeli, a first round pick of the Warriors two years ago, averaged 2.4 points and 4.0 rebounds his first season. He also had nearly a block per game coming off the bench.
The Warriors really missed Ezeli not only during the regular season, but especially the playoffs, when they were without Andrew Bogut, and had no big body to match up against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers. Ezeli provides the Warriors with a defensively-sound big man off the bench to give Bogut some breathers.
Hopefully he’ll get a chance to do that next season.