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OAKLAND – Warriors general manager Bob Myers is pleased that all five starters are healthy going into training camp next week, but his satisfaction ebbs when discussing two crucial players who won't be ready to go.
Point guard Shaun Livingston could miss the entire camp after undergoing surgery on his right big toe last month. And center Festus Ezeli, who missed the entire 2013-14 campaign while rehabbing after surgery on his right knee, has been slowed with inflammation in his right shin.
"We feel like going into camp, we’re probably at a 90 percent health rate," Myers said Tuesday. "Livingston is probably going to miss a good chunk of camp, if not all of it. We're not worried about that because we think he'll be back close to the start of the season.
"Festus Ezeli is going to work himself back into camp, but should participate."
Though Myers also pointed out that guard Nemanja Nedovic continues to recover from a stress reaction in his fifth metatarsal, there is heightened concern about Livingston and Ezeli, both of whom will be in the playing rotation when healthy.
Livingston, signed as a free agent in July, is expected to be the team's third guard, behind starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Ideally, Livingston would play 20-25 minutes per game.
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Livingston, however, is a bit more optimistic than the GM.
"It's ahead of schedule" Livingston told me after leaving the team's court facility with a walking boot on his right foot.
Ezeli's status is important mostly because the Warriors would like him to be the primary backup for starter Andrew Bogut, who has had no luck staying healthy. He sustained a cracked rib last April but is cleared for all contact entering camp.
If Ezeli can't go, the only other center on the roster is rarely used second-year player Ognjen Kuzmic.
"Other than that," Myers cracked, "we should have a healthy camp at the outset."