OAKLAND – Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors last season and played 63 games, never once coming off the bench.
That could change for the upcoming season.
Iguodala might need some gentle persuading from the coaching staff, but the veteran small forward on Tuesday seemed open to the possibility.
Asked if he cared whether he started, Iguodala paused. He did not provide a direct answer. He also did not state a preference.
"I don't know," he said. "That's a good question.
"I'm just playing ball. You try and not make a big deal out of it. I've been in the league for a really long time. There's a lot of stories about little things . . . I have my shoes tied the wrong way, that could become a story. You try not to make it a story this year. We're trying to win a championship.''
After starting the first two preseason games, sustaining a broken nose in the second game, Iguodala came off the bench in the third game, on Sunday. He was fitted for a mask and able to play. Yet coach Steve Kerr opted to start Harrison Barnes at small forward.
Though Kerr stressed that he's simply tinkering with possibilities, it was quickly apparent that Barnes was comfortable playing with the first unit. It was even more apparent that Iguodala might thrive as the leader of the second unit.
Which opens the door to potential change for a guy who has started in each of the 758 games he has played during a 10-year career.
"I liked what I saw last game out of the second unit," Kerr said. "Andre was brilliant. I don't know (if) that's the route we're going to go, but he solidified that unit."
If you listen closely to Iguodala, though, it sounds as if he's willing to do whatever is best for the team. He clearly has thought about the possibility, though neither he nor Kerr would admit to a specific discussion.
"(I'm) just growing up, and being smart about the situation," Iguodala said of his fine play off the bench. "You could do the opposite and just tank it, just to say that it's wrong.
"But our whole focus with this team is just to try to continue to improve and make the most out of our units. We have so much depth, there's a real opportunity for us to get where everybody wants to be."