It Seems Rookie Festus Ezeli is Front-Runner to Back-up Andrew Bogut

Let’s say, for conversation’s sake, that Andrew Bogut won’t be ready for the season-opener on Oct. 31.

Bogut is expected to be ready, though his training camp debut may be delayed. But for the off chance Bogut’s sprained left ankle isn’t completely healed, who starts at center for the Warriors?

“I would certainly love to have Andrew Bogut as my starting 5,” coach Mark Jackson said, “but I feel comfortable with what Festus (Ezeli) can do for us. He’s going to have to earn it, but he’s done everything that I’ve asked him to do. And he wants it. I don’t have to guess whether he’s committed to this thing, whether he buys in, or whether he’s saving some chips. He’s all-in and it’s good to see. Because that’s what you build winning teams around, guys that have that attitude.”

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