Report: Warriors' Ezeli cleared for action

Report: Warriors' Ezeli cleared for action
June 10, 2014, 10:00 am
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Festus Ezeli was cleared to play basketball 362 days after right knee surgery. (USATSI)

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Nearly a year after right knee surgery, Warriors center Festus Ezeli has been cleared to play basketball, according to a Bay Area News Group report from Diamond Leung.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pounder reportedly plans to test his knee in the Las Vegas Summer League that tips off July 11.

"Just go to Vegas, get some touches and get my rhythm back," Ezeli was quoted. "Just get back to playing. Get back to being comfortable on the court."

Ezeli, who missed the entire 2013-14 season, suffered the injury in on the final game of the 2012-13 regular season in a win against the Blazers. He still managed to play in 12 playoff games that year, but June 12, 2013 surgery to reinforce knee ligaments, which carried an expected recovery time between six and nine months, actually took three days short of a year. 

Ezeli, 24, averaged 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 14.4 minutes per game in his rookie season after he was drafted with the 30th and final first round pick in 2012.