Q&A: Festus Ezeli

Courtesy of Mike Richman

Have you made a decision on what you might do with your knee?

No decision has been made yet. I’ll let you guys know when anything is being scheduled. Right now I’m just being offered a bunch of options and just trying to figure out the best thing for my long-term health and also for the organization as well. The team is working with me diligently and we’re consulting different doctors and trying to figure out what the best option is.

Can you expand on what those options are?

I can’t fully give you all the details yet. When the time comes then I will release a statement and I will tell you what it is. Right now we’re just trying to wrap our minds around it for a second.

Do you think a decision is imminent?

I’ve had lingering issues for a while and I want to address them now because I’m at a crossroads at this point where my long term health is a stake. I love this team and I love what I’m doing here and I want to continue what I’m doing and I want to give them my 100 percent. I want to be able to get out on the court and be able to effect the game. When I can do that, I will be out there. Right now I can’t, so I’m going to keep working my best way and try to figure out the best way to get on the court.

Do you have pain?

There is pain, yes.

When you walk? When you play?

Like I said, I can’t give you guys all the details when it’s time I’ll make everything come to light.

Are you optimistic?

I’m very optimistic. At the end of the day, I’m going to work my way to get back no matter what the rehab protocol entails. I’ve done it a couple times now to where I can’t take shortcuts anymore. I’ve tried to take shortcuts in the past to try to get back on the court as soon as I could at this point now I have to address this issue. It’s kinda getting worse. Especially now that I can correct it instead of waiting till later.

What are you doing from a physical standpoint?

I’m still strengthening my legs. Still going through some of the rehab protocols. I lift every day. I’m working out, staying in shape. I can’t not work out to be honest. I have to do something. So I figure out a way to stay in shape no matter what it is. That’s what I’m doing right now.

This has got to be pretty frustrating

I kinda passed the point of frustration because at first it was. I’m not going to lie it definitely was. But I’m at the point where I’m just trying to find a solution and the sooner I can the sooner I can get on the court and help my team win games. I just can’t wait to get on the court. That’s my biggest thing. I miss basketball. I haven’t played basketball in a while. That’s my biggest thing right now.

Do you feel like you came back too fast from knee surgery last season?

Well I did come back fast last year and that hurt me a little bit. That’s a decision that … you don’t think twice about making those decisions. We were in the Finals. We had a historic season. So for me to be able to contribute getting to the Finals and possibly winning a championship I’ll make that decision every time because you never know when you’re going to get back to the Finals. But that’s a decision that I’m paying for right now. We’re going to correct it and we’ll be better for it, I will be better for it.

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