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Struggling Harrison Barnes listens to Steve Kerr tell real story behind hitting game-winning shot in the NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

OAKLAND — With Warriors forward Harrison Barnes in a shooting slump heading into Game 7 of the NBA Finals, it was story time with coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr told Barnes of how before he made the winning shot in Game 6 of the Finals that clinched the championship for the Chicago Bulls in 1997, he was struggling himself having missed six straight 3-pointers before the game.

“Me and Coach Kerr were talking about him in ’97 saying he couldn’t throw a shot into the ocean,” Barnes said. “He couldn’t make anything. He felt like he was playing terrible. He only knocked down three threes in the fourth quarter, one of them with five seconds to go. It was like, ‘Oh wow, you’ve been balling all series!'”

Barnes said he would put the past aside after he was 2-for-14 from the field in Game 5 and 0-for-8 in a Game 6 in which he was held scoreless.

“It’s like, whatever you need to do for the next 24 hours to get your mind right for 48 minutes. Just be yourself for 48 minutes. Nothing spectacular. Just be you.”

Asked if it would be easy to flush those two performances mentally, Barnes smiled and said, ” For sure. Because the only way I can go is up from there.”

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes mum on Lakers possibility, Mychal Thompson says ‘he could be more of a featured scorer’ in LA

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will be a restricted free agent this summer, and Golden State would watch him depart if it chooses not to match a lucrative offer sheet he signs.

Might that the team that lands Barnes be the Los Angeles Lakers, where current Warriors assistant Luke Walton will the head coach? Barnes isn’t talking about the possibility.

When it was brought up that Walton might look to install a Warriors-like system and look for a Warriors-like player on the open market to bring with him, Barnes said while laughing Monday on 95.7 The Game, “See, that’s tampering at that point. That’s just tampering.”

Barnes also deadpanned about Walton: “We’re definitely going to miss him, but we’ll have to just beat him four times a year.”

The Lakers will have money to spend on the free agent market, and Lakers analyst Mychal Thompson — father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson — said Monday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts that Barnes “wants $20 (million per year)…Somebody might give it to him.”

Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds this season in 66 games this season. the elder Thompson feels Barnes could do more with the Lakers.

“I think he’s capable of averaging 18 a game here if the Lakers sign him and brought him here.” Thompson said. “I think he could be more of a featured scorer, maybe a No. 2 option, maybe even a No. 1 on certain nights. He’s capable of putting up in the high-20s. He’s a very good shooter, can get to the basket, very athletic. He just hasn’t been asked to do very much in Golden State, but coming here, he’d be asked to do more, and I think he could.”

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes reflects on Kobe Bryant and the night the Lakers star suffered Achilles rupture

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) dribbles past Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series Friday, May 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) dribbles past Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series Friday, May 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

OAKLAND — Kobe Bryant will play in his final NBA game before retirement while the Warriors go for win No. 73. Before the games, Harrison Barnes reflected on Bryant.

Barnes was a rookie on April 12, 2013 when while guarding Bryant and getting called for a foul, the Los Angeles Lakers star ruptured his Achilles.

“I don’t think about it often, but as a rookie, that was one of the craziest basketball experiences of my life just guarding one of my idols and seeing him get hurt and thinking that he may never play basketball,” Barnes said Wednesday.

“It’s been great to obviously see him come back and be able to play and do that type of stuff, but at the time, it was super scary. I’m glad he was able to rehab from that and get back on the court.”

The feeling of the Achilles injury was such that Bryant in that moment asked Barnes if he had kicked him, hoping that was the reason for his discomfort.

It was not, and Bryant was never the same after that despite playing in his 107th game since the injury tonight.

“Kobe is the best player in this generation,” Barnes said. “Just everything he’s done for the game. Personally, just in the competition that we’ve had, he’s just been a great, great friend and mentor. And for the game, I think everybody in this generation has been influenced by him.”

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut expects Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights will get ‘a lot of money’ in free agency

Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors center Andrew Bogut expects that his teammates in contract years will ultimately be rewarded for the season the team is having.

That includes Harrison Barnes, who is averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game, yet has seen his field goal percentages drop from last season. Barnes, who missed 16 games due to a sprained ankle, will become a restricted free agent this offseason after reportedly rejecting a four-year, $64 million offer from the Warriors before the season.

“We’re winning,” Bogut said Tuesday when asked about Barnes. “A lot of guys are sacrificing numbers and minutes and roles on this team, and that’s why we’re a great team. Harrison’s had great games, he’s had bad games just like everybody else on this roster. So I don’t anticipate it affecting his contract situation and all that. I mean, someone’s going to be giving him the max. Let’s be honest. Someone’s going to give him close to the max. There’s always a small-market team that would love a guy like Harrison as their No. 1, No. 2 option. So I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on his financial future.”

Bogut also highlighted the contributions of Marreese Speights, who in the final year of a three-year, $11 million deal after a slow start has emerged into a 3-point shooting threat and played well after Festus Ezeli underwent knee surgery.

Ezeli last week conceded that it wasn’t an “ideal” contract year for him missing an extended of period of time.

But Bogut believes that the Warriors on this team will be paid handsomely.

“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams.

“Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes suffers right knee sprain in preseason game

barnesdunkOAKLAND – Warriors forward Harrison Barnes suffered a right knee sprain in the second quarter of Tuesday’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets and is expected to miss the rest of the contest.

Barnes suffered the injury and did not immediately return to the sideline after halftime, as Andre Iguodala took his place in the lineup after halftime.

Harrison Barnes started in every game for the Warriors last season as they won the championship. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Barnes, 23, can sign a contract extension with the Warriors by the Oct. 31 deadline or become a  restricted free agent next summer.

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NBA Unveils “Big Logo” Sleeved Jerseys for Christmas Day Games

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The NBA unveiled the special jerseys to be worn by the ten teams playing on Christmas Day.  They are short-sleeved and feature an enlarged team logo on the front.

Yes, the Warriors’ are yellow.

Despite the bad reviews from last year, which no doubt promoted the switch to the white sleeved jerseys this year, adidas put the Warriors back in yellow. But they won’t be alone.

“They’re cool,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s nice to be playing on Christmas Day to showcase them off. Like I’ve said, as long as we shoot well and get the win, they look good.”

The Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Nets, Rockets and Spurs will also join the sleeved-jersey gang.

Here are looks at the rest of them, plus the commercial featuring Stephen Curry (I like Brooklyn’s the most, hands down.)

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes Out for Saturday’s Games vs. Sacramento Kings

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will not play Saturday’s game against visiting Sacramento, a team source confirmed.

Clearly, his left toe inflammation still isn’t healed enough for action. Barnes hasn’t played since an Oct. 7 preseason game against the Kings. He hasn’t practiced with the team since either.

No timetable has been set for Barnes return. He’s listed as day-to-day. Coach Mark Jackson announced on Tuesday he would miss the first two games and be re-evaluated. Jackson said the goal is for the injury to completely heal so the issue doesn’t linger.

The team hasn’t revealed the details of Barnes’ injury — such as what’s causing the inflammation, how it happened, how its being treated or how long Barnes could be out — which is usually up to the player.

The Warriors’ bench could certainly use Barnes, who Jackson said will be the sixth man when he’s healthy. Golden State’s second unit has struggled to score the first two games.