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Warriors’ Festus Ezeli to miss NBA Summer League with shin inflammation team believes is ‘nothing serious’

Warriors center Festus Ezeli will most likely not play in NBA Summer League games due to right shin inflammation, the team announced Monday on the eve of its first workout in Las Vegas.

Ezeli after missing all of last season recovering from right knee surgery will have his return delayed because of precautionary reasons, according to the Warriors, who believe the latest injury is “nothing serious.”

Ezeli, a Warriors first-round draft pick in 2012, said last month he had been cleared for five-on-five action and seeing his explosiveness improve while playing in pickup games. The Warriors are counting on his return as one way to improve the roster from last season.

“I think we are already better than a year ago as Festus returns–nobody mentioning that!” co-owner Joe Lacob wrote in an email to Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami last week.

Ezeli averaged 2.4 points and 4 rebounds while playing in 78 games as a rookie before undergoing surgery to reinforce both the MCL and PCL in his sprained knee.

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  • Carla Jacobs

    that’s great, he’s not even back and he’s injured. ridiculous! if he can’t make it through rehab without hurting himself again, how’s he going to make it through a season? why are big guys so fragile and easily injured? i hope myers is going to get another C somehow!

  • Twinkie defense

    Wow, harsh on the big man! It’s just summer League, let’s see how he does during regular season.

  • thecity2

    This team is placing way too much importance on Ezeli. Is he seriously supposed to be the backup center after missing 18 months?

  • Howard Benner

    Hold on, it’s not like he’s DJ Hayden. . .perhaps it’s similar to tendinitis; from over use too soon after his knee injury. . .look to the long haul. . .not this little Vegas trip. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Methinks the jury has returned way to early to render a verdict. . .give him some time. . he was improving down the stretch of his rookie season. . .

  • Tommy Kelly

    Festus Ezeli, say hello to Leon Powe. Leon, meet Festus.