Warriors' Ezeli likely to miss Summer League

Warriors' Ezeli likely to miss Summer League
July 7, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Festus Ezeli hasn't appeared in a game since May 16, 2013 when the Warriors lost to the Spurs in Game 6 of the West Semis. (AP)

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The Wait for Festus, expanded from six months to nine, and then to 13, continues.

Festus Ezeli, confirmed Monday morning to be on the Warriors Summer League roster, was directed back to the sidelines on Monday night.

The 6-foot-11 center, who spent the season rehabbing his surgically reconstructed right knee, was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shin and "most likely" will not play when the games begin this weekend in Las Vegas, the Warriors announced.

Ezeli in June 2013 underwent surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. The Warriors initially projected a recovery/rehab period of at least six to nine months. That was extended to 11 when Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season.

Ezeli was given full clearance in June and was expected to play without restrictions on the Warriors Summer League team.

The club insists Ezeli's absence from the floor is precautionary, saying he will be available in Vegas but is not expected to play.

The bulk of Warriors big-man minutes likely will be shared by second-year center Ognjen Kuzmic and undrafted rookie Rob Loe, who is perceived as more of a power forward.

Just like that, the team's most anticipated Summer League story is pushed back, perhaps all the way until training camp in September.

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