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I hope George Karl is not catching flak for calling Warriors C Festus Ezeli "an a--hole guy" because he didn't. Or
at least I don't believe he intended to call him one. What Karl said, in reference to Ezeli, is that he "really blossomed into an elbow and asshole guy." The expression I have to believe he was reaching for was "assholes and elbows," which means to be busy or, in some cases, to create panic and confusion. In that regard, it's a compliment for a defensive role player such as Ezeli. Having been around Festus, I can tell you he's no more an ass than Kenneth Faried. Both attack the menial tasks of the game with vigor and feel an immense duty to do so for their teammates. When Faried came up short in Game 4, he put his foot through a wall in frustration. Ezeli had a more benign reaction after Game 5. The Warriors had the Nuggets reeling, having shaved a 20-point Denver lead down to five when Ezeli rebounded an Andre Miller miss with 4:43 left. But Ezeli turned the ball over in the backcourt and Denver pushed the lead back to seven. The Warriors narrowed the lead back to five several times after that and had other chances to pare it down further and failed. But Ezeli acted as if he had thrown away their one and only chance. Afterward, he sat in the lockerroom shaking his head and muttering, "I can't believe I threw the ball away," until David Lee told him, "Let that *&^# go."