OAKLAND – It wasn't much, but Festus Ezeli will take it. So will the Warriors.
Ezeli, the backup center who has endured so many physical setbacks, including one 12 days ago, returned to practice on Tuesday.
"He did some contact in the half court," coach Steve Kerr said. "No fullcourt stuff yet, but he did half-court contact and he looked good."
Ezeli has not fully practiced since Oct. 2, when he was sidelined with inflammation in his right shin. It's the same leg on which he underwent knee reconstruction in June 2013.
The inflammation kept him out of Las Vegas Summer League action in July, subsided enough to begin workouts at the start of training camp and reemerged after the first two days of practice.
There are no plans for Ezeli to play on the three-game road trip that begins Thursday, when the team plays the Nuggets in Des Moines, Iowa.
Guard Shaun Livingston, recovering from surgery on his right big toe, did not practice and remains sidelined indefinitely.
"He hasn't scrimmaged," Kerr said. "He hasn't done anything live. The biggest thing to me is that he hasn't done anything since the playoffs. It's not like he worked out all summer and played pickup and just got hurt a few weeks ago. He hasn't played since early May.
"We've got to be careful and build up his strength and endurance and rhythm. I think it'll take a few weeks."