OAKLAND -- His expression was straight forward. His wording precise. His point emphatic.

Warriors budding star Harrison Barnes said he isn't concerned about whether he starts. He isn't even consumed by being on the court at the end of games.

"Winning the game matters more to me," Barnes said.

Barnes, who started all 93 games he played last season including playoffs, is the center of a major question as the Warriors close in on training camp at the end of this month. With the acquisition of swingman Andre Iguodala, Golden State now has six players with starting credentials, meaning someone has to come off the bench.

Barnes, after his workout at the team facility on Tuesday, didn't mince his words and gave no breath to controversy. He doesn't care. Whatever Mark Jackson decides, he's game.

"I can imagine much worse problems," Barnes said. "I feel confident about this team and where we can go. Regardless if I'm starting or coming off the bench, I think we have a chance to make a serious playoff push."

Barnes' play really took off in the postseason. He averaged 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds over the two series, against Denver and San Antonio.

What's more, he became a go-to guy in place of injured forward David Lee.

Now Warriors fans are salivating over the possibilities from the 2012 No. 7 overall pick, who won't be 22 until next year's playoffs.


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Barnes said he has been working relentless to live up to the expectations. He said he's gotten stronger and worked on his postgame.

That's in preparation for the heavy minutes he is expected to play at power forward, where he thrived in the postseason.

Barnes said he's also improved his ball-handling and getting to his favorite spots on the floor. He's especially worked on his pick-and-roll action, which is a staple in the Warriors offense.

He also listed consistency and better shooting percentage as areas he wants to improve.

"Just be better than I was last year," Barnes said of his individual goal. But, fittingly, before he revealed that, he harped on the greater challenge facing the team.

"We're not going into the season like we were last year," Barnes said, "Saying, 'Let's just roll the dice, see how many games we win and

hope we end up in that eighth seed. Now we have expectations and we're trying to fulfill that."