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Festus Ezeli continues to learn the game

Updated: August 10, 2011, 1:07 AM ET
By Andy Katz

Festus Ezeli hated basketball when he arrived in the United States.

It was 2004. He was 14. And he was sent from his home in Nigeria to live with an uncle in California for the purpose of furthering his education, not for anything basketball-related.

"I didn't know what I was doing," Ezeli said of his first attempts at playing hoops. "Imagine someone who is 14 or 15 years old, and you're teaching them as if they're a 6-year-old. It was tough. Everyone was getting frustrated with me. ...

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