SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors executive board member Jerry West has been among those to spend time mentoring forward Harrison Barnes this offseason after a sophomore slump.
“He lets you know how he feels,” Barnes said Friday at Sunset Recreation, where he spoke to more than 100 children at the Warriors Basketball Camp. “He’s a very straight shooter, so just to hear all the things he had to say, it really helped.”
West told CSN Bay Area on Thursday he worked with Barnes for four days on basketball and how to approach the game.
“But more importantly to talk about, ‘No one gives you anything in this league. You have to earn it, and it’s about competition.’” the Hall of Famer said.
West said he felt heading into this past season that Barnes coming off the bench after the signing of Andre Iguodala was going to be a problem for the second-year player.
“I think he felt like he had played so well that he was going to automatically get playing time,” West said. “We signed Andre Iguodala, and I think immediately that bothered him, OK?”
Asked about the comment Barnes said, “What’s done is done. I’m just looking forward to obviously next season, kind of put this season behind me, looking to just improve, really.”
Barnes and recently met with new Warriors coach Steve Kerr in the Miami area, where the player’s agent is based. He came away with the understanding Kerr’s offense would involve more movement and cutting.
“I think the biggest thing is just something different,” Barnes said. “Obviously, he’s played under Phil Jackson. He’s played under Gregg Popovich. Both of whom could be considered two of the greatest coaches of all time. So to be to hopefully influence some of that style of offense with how we play, especially with the record that we have, we should be more effective.”
Said West: “And I think you’ll see a different player here. I think you’ll see more players involved offensively. I think we won’t have as many isolation plays now.”
Barnes said he would not play for the Warriors’ summer league team in Las Vegas, but could work out there with the team coached by Kerr.
Barnes has appeared at Warriors Basketball Camp events while balancing a busy schedule. He was in Des Moines, Iowa to promote a Warriors preseason game against Denver that will be played there Oct. 16 near his hometown. He’ll travel to Brazil this month to attend the World Cup while representing adidas. Later in the summer, he’s scheduled to travel to China and Taiwan to help promote the NBA.