Warriors’ Festus Ezeli to miss NBA Summer League with shin inflammation team believes is ‘nothing serious’ http://t.co/62jLsTveia— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) July 8, 2014
The Golden State Warriors have announced that center Festus Ezeli will be out for Las Vegas Summer League, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
There's not a whole lot more to elaborate on beyond what's in the tweet: Ezeli is out with a shin inflammation that is "nothing serious", which we can probably read as not a threat to him missing 2014-15 regular season games. Nevertheless, with the Warriors counting on development from Ezeli as one form of internal improvement, the news is a bit of a setback: Ezeli has been out for more than a year now after having right knee surgery last June and summer league might have been an opportunity for him to shake some (small part) of the rust off in live action.
With the prospect of Jermaine O'Neal not returning and Andrew Bogut's health seemingly a constant questionmark, Ezeli needing to sit out longer makes for an even more uncertain post situation for the Golden State Warriors. Let's just hope he gets well soon and continues to make strides toward becoming a more productive player.
Update: CSN reports that Ezeli will be in Las Vegas working out but will not be available to play (h/t KlayAllen for the fanshot).
Orlando Pro Summer League: Curry, Jones, Bader, and Craft back in action
While we wait for the Warriors to begin summer league play, all the individuals who are somehow connected to the organization are back in action in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Santa Cruz Warriors Seth Curry and Cameron Jones will take the court with the Orlando Magic's summer league team once again when they face the Memphis Grizzlies today at noon PST. Tyler Lashbrook of SB Nation's Magic site Orlando Pinstriped Post described how Curry made an impact yesterday with consecutive jumpers in the second quarter that helped extend a big lead. Jones saw his first action of the 2014 summer league and scored seven points.
At 4 p.m., Travis Bader and Aaron Craft of the Warriors' summer league squad will be back in action today as well with the Philadelphia 76ers squad at 4 p.m. PST. Neither player has created much of a buzz, but John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com gave us reason to like the NCAA's all-time leader in three pointers.
Travis Bader is the NCAA's all-time leader in three pointers. He's 6-5. But he's not very athletic or good defensively, which is part of the reason why he went undrafted. Andre Roberson blew past him for a dunk on a play that brought this scene to mind. Not crazy about his regular handle, but Bader has the best twitter handle on the roster.
Orlando Pro Summer League schedule, Day 4
The full schedule for the Orlando summer league is as follows (all times PST):
12 p.m.: Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies
2 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons
4 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Feel free to jump in the comments to discuss your thoughts on Warriors-related players or other players that stand out for the remainder of the day.
For updates on all the action, check out the storystream at Orlando Pinstriped Post. For far more reactions to the Orlando Summer League, check out SB Nation's 2014 NBA Summer League section.