Knee surgery for Warriors center Festus Ezeli

Ezeli has successful surgery on right knee

Knee surgery for Warriors center Festus Ezeli
June 13, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Festus Ezeli appeared in 78 regular-season games (41 starts) as a rookie this past season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent successful surgery yesterday on his right knee, the team announced Thursday.

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. 

Ezeli will begin rehabilitation in the near future and is expected to make a complete recovery. The team’s medical staff indicates that recovery time could be a minimum of 6-9 months.

[RELATED: Festus Ezeli career stats | 2012-'13 game logs]

Ezeli, 23, appeared in 78 regular-season games (41 starts) as a rookie this past season, averaging 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 blocks (4th among NBA rookies) in 14.4 minutes per game.  

Originally selected by Golden State with the 30th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the 6’11” center appeared in 12 playoff games, averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per contest.

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