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.”