OAKLAND, Calif. -- Second-year forward Harrison Barnes will miss at least the first two games of the season due to a lingering foot problem, coach Mark Jackson announced after Tuesday's practice.
The left foot inflammation that has kept Barnes out of the last three weeks is still bothering him. Jackson said he's made progress, but not enough to play.
"He's doing things now without pain," Jackson said. "But we want to get closer to when he was 100 percent healthy--practicing, running with no issues. There are some restrictions right now and, because of that, it makes no sense to throw him out there tomorrow night."
The team hasn't revealed the details of Barnes' injury -- such as what's causing the inflammation, how it happened, how it's being treated or how long Barnes could be out--which is usually up to the player. But it's serious enough to keep him on the shelf, which is unnerving news for diehard Warriors fans.
He declined to talk to the media Tuesday, per Warriors' policy of not letting injured players be interviewed. But Barnes could be seen smiling, shooting free throws and walking around without a limp. Jackson said Barnes, who missed just one game last season as a rookie, is making progress but some movements still cause him pain.
When and if Barnes does return to action, he will do so as the sixth man as Jackson also announced Klay Thompson will remain a starter.
Jackson previously said he was deciding between Thompson and Barnes. The first two preseason games, Jackson brought Thompson off the bench to see how it would work. Jackson never got a chance to see how Barnes fit off the bench, but he's seen enough.
So your Golden State Warriors starters: Thompson, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
"That's my starting five," Jackson said. "I don't want to cheat those guys. They've earned it."
Barnes--being dubbed a rising star after his breakout playoff performance--didn't make a strong case to be a starter. Hobbled by the ailing left foot, he totaled just 34 minutes of action in two games, checking out for good in the first quarter of a home game on Oct. 7. In his short stint, he managed just 10 points on 3 of 18 shooting with five turnovers.
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