May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison Barnes says he is fine coming off Golden State Warriors bench

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February 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

February 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When the Golden State Warriors signed swingman Andre Iguodala this offseason (a move few saw coming), that lead some to suggest that young Harrison Barnes wouldn’t be overly thrilled with his new role – a bench player.

But that’s not something Barnes minds as he told Inside Bay Area he’s fine being a bench player:

“Winning the game matters more to me,” Barnes said.

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.”

He’s certainly saying all the right things.

Of course, if the Warriors struggle, things could get a bit more irritable but for now, it seems as if everybody is buying into the ‘team’ mentality, starting with former Tar Heel.

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