Warriors played epic April Fools Day prank on Festus Ezeli

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With today being April 1, the world is busy trying to outdo each other in the April Fools Day stakes.

From Google to NASA, virtually everyone is getting involved in a bid to come up with the best prank possible.

The Golden State Warriors, though, might have already won that competition with a fairly brutal stunt involving backup center Festus Ezeli.

The reigning NBA champions took things to the next level with a video - which can be seen via this link - in which their roster, led by Andre Iguodala, convinced Ezeli that he had been cut from the team.

Aided by the "Murph & Mac" radio show, the prank involved the Nigerian big man being picked up by a car rigged with cameras. Once inside, Ezeli then hears the local radio discussing reports that Golden State had decided to waive him from the team. The look on the veteran's face lies somewhere between shock, dread, and pure confusion.

Orchestrating things from a trailing vehicle, Iguodala adds fuel to the fire by calling Ezeli to offer support and tell him he would be looking into what was going on. That is followed by several Warriors teammates texting their own reactions to the news.

Fortunately for the center's sanity, it all ends well when Iguodala turns up with a cake and a set of balloons. The fact, though, that half the cake ends up on Iguodala suggests Ezeli fell for the prank hook line and sinker.

Having cooled down a little, he has since taken to Twitter to offer his response:

Practical jokes between NBA players are fairly commonplace but usually they are fairly light-hearted. Golden State really took things to the next level with this one. It wasn't even April Fools Day when they filmed it!

The mere fact they went through with it, though, shows just what a tight-knit squad the Warriors have right now. They have such a good bond that they can risk playing with one of their teammate's futures and it won't come back to haunt them.

The Warriors have risen to the top of the NBA in the past couple of seasons largely thanks to their phenomenal play on the court but, clearly, their off-court camaraderie is also second to none.

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