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Steve Kerr’s April Fools joke on Warriors’ Draymond Green fell flat

Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr smiles during a press conference at the Warriors' practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Kerr is currently a TNT commentator, was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns, and was a guard with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He is one of two players to win two championships with two different teams. in consecutive seasons. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr smiles during a press conference at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Unlike many of his jokes, Steve Kerr’s April Fools prank at shootaround didn’t have the desired effect.

Kerr attempted to trick All-Star forward Draymond Green into thinking he would be rested for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

Green, who prides himself on playing when he can and has stated his intention to play for the rest of the season, apparently didn’t take it very well.

“I didn’t get much of a laugh, and Draymond glared at me,” Kerr said. “I told him I was going to give him the night off because he needed to rest. He just glared at me, and I said ‘April Fools,’ and nobody laughed.

“They usually go over better than that, but just crickets,” Kerr added of his jokes. “Nothing.”

Center Festus Ezeli said of Green, “He got really upset.”

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Warriors’ Draymond Green on Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell: ‘I just feel bad for him because he’s on an island all by himself’

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates his basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) celebrates his basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors forward Draymond Green believes that what the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell did to teammate Nick Young wasn’t right.

Green knows he would be mad if he were in Young’s shoes after a secretly-recorded video of the Lakers player speaking about a woman other than his fiancee became public.

But Green also told KNBR on Thursday that he feels for Russell, the rookie who did the filming and reportedly lost the support of his own locker room.

“I do feel bad for D’Angelo Russell in the sense of when you think about the world that we live in and how much stuff you get condemned for every day, one wrong move and it’s like a magnifying glass on everything, there’s not many that can understand that, you know?” Green said. “Like there’s not many people that understand what we go through as athletes. And when you look to the side, and you look around the league, and you have the support of no one else, that’s why I feel bad for him. At least when you’re getting condemned by the world, there’s still a lot of guys who understand what you’re going through. He’s kind of on an island by himself, and that’s rough.

“I don’t blame his teammates. Like I don’t think they’re wrong…They’re not wrong at all. I think I’d probably feel the same way. I know I would, just like everybody else. I just feel bad for him because he’s on an island all by himself.”

Green recently had a Snapchat of his own where he posted video of himself in a vehicle traveling 118 miles per hour. TMZ.com got a hold of the video before he deleted it. The organization addressed it with him.

In Russell’s case, the situation is very much different.

“As mad as I would be if I was Nick Young — and he has the right to be as mad as he wants to be — you can see the pain in (Russell’s) face when he was doing that interview yesterday,” Green said. “You can see it. It looked like it just hurt him.”

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Celtics

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) pounds the floor in frustration after being charged for a foul in the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March  23, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) pounds the floor in frustration after being charged for a foul in the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers wonders how valuable center Festus Ezeli fell for release prank

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli participates in the Bound for Better: Business & Basketball clinic for local high school students from College Track at Jamtown in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Ezeli, a native of Nigeria, discussed his journey to the NBA and the Warriors championship. The program, presented by Stanford Health Care and College Track, exposes students to potential medical careers as they relate to sports. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli participates in the Bound for Better: Business & Basketball clinic for local high school students from College Track at Jamtown in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — The video-recorded April Fools’ prank Warriors center Festus Ezeli fell for in which the Warriors were purportedly going to release him led to conversation with general manager Bob Myers.

“Bob was like, ‘Yo, why would you even believe some stupid prank like that?'” Ezeli said Friday, laughing. “But I think it was because more my teammates were texting me, so I thought it had to have been real. These guys are evil, man.”

Andre Iguodala led the plot where during a Lyft ride, radio broadcasters in a fake report cited sources that said Ezeli would be released and teammates and staff members would begin texting message of support to the 6-foot-11 player.

But of course, Ezeli’s return from injury is something the Warriors look forward to before the playoffs. A shot blocker who continues to grow as an offensive player, Ezeli will become a restricted free agent in the offseason declining the Warriors’ contract offer in the preseason.

Ezeli has missed more than seven weeks recovering from knee surgery, and he believes he is “very, very close” to returning to action.

In the meantime, he did get a measure of revenge on Iguodala by hitting him in the face with a cake before shootaround.

“It kind of a hit home a little bit,” Ezeli said of the video. “My life flashed in front of my eyes in that moment.

“It was a good joke. Everybody loved it.”

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Utah Jazz

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a 3-pointer against Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a 3-pointer against Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Wizards

Fans cheer as Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) runs back on defense after making another shot against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, March 27, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Fans cheer as Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) runs back on defense after making another shot against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, March 27, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut expects Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights will get ‘a lot of money’ in free agency

Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors center Andrew Bogut expects that his teammates in contract years will ultimately be rewarded for the season the team is having.

That includes Harrison Barnes, who is averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game, yet has seen his field goal percentages drop from last season. Barnes, who missed 16 games due to a sprained ankle, will become a restricted free agent this offseason after reportedly rejecting a four-year, $64 million offer from the Warriors before the season.

“We’re winning,” Bogut said Tuesday when asked about Barnes. “A lot of guys are sacrificing numbers and minutes and roles on this team, and that’s why we’re a great team. Harrison’s had great games, he’s had bad games just like everybody else on this roster. So I don’t anticipate it affecting his contract situation and all that. I mean, someone’s going to be giving him the max. Let’s be honest. Someone’s going to give him close to the max. There’s always a small-market team that would love a guy like Harrison as their No. 1, No. 2 option. So I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on his financial future.”

Bogut also highlighted the contributions of Marreese Speights, who in the final year of a three-year, $11 million deal after a slow start has emerged into a 3-point shooting threat and played well after Festus Ezeli underwent knee surgery.

Ezeli last week conceded that it wasn’t an “ideal” contract year for him missing an extended of period of time.

But Bogut believes that the Warriors on this team will be paid handsomely.

“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams.

“Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”