OAKLAND Harrison Barnes will miss at least the first two games of the regular season for the Warriors because of a left foot injury.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson told reporters following Tuesday's practice that shooting guard Klay Thompson will start in the team's season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers today. Jackson also said Thompson had earned the nod and will start even when Barnes returns.
Barnes has not played since the team's second preseason game Oct. 7. The Warriors have said Barnes has "left foot inflammation."
With the Warriors having all five starters back from last season, Barnes and Thompson were competing to remain starters after the Warriors signed swingman Andre Iguodala this summer.
Iguodala, the veteran of NBA playoff battles and Olympic gold-medal games, knows the challenges that lie ahead for the Warriors.
Iguodala also knows his new teammates won't truly be ready until they experience taking opponents' best shots.
"It's something you've got to experience, getting hit in the mouth," Iguodala said.
Iguodala bolsters a defense anchored by Andrew Bogut, one of the best defensive centers in the league when healthy. Iguodala adds fluidity and explosiveness to an offense that thrives on three-point shooting and the transition game.
Lakers Steve Nash, who will be 40 in February, might sit out the second night when the Lakers play back-to-back games, an experiment that could be unveiled today at Golden State. The Lakers opened the season Tuesday night against the Clippers.
"I want to play them all, but if missing the back end of some or all the back-to-backs prevents me from missing a month or two because of injury, then I think it's something you've got to look at," Nash said.
Mavericks Gersson Rosas resigned as general manager, three months into his new job. Rosas was hired Aug. 1 to fill a position that had been vacant since former coach and GM Don Nelson left the franchise eight years ago. Most of those duties fell to Nelson's son, Donnie, the president of basketball operations.
The 35-year-old Colombian-born Rosas, who reported to Nelson, said in a statement issued by the team the job "was not the best fit for me at this point in my career."
Cavaliers As Cleveland prepares to open its season today against the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavs boast the NBA's second-youngest opening-night roster.
The average age of the Cavs as of Tuesday is 24 years, 156 days, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The only team younger is the Philadelphia 76ers (24 years, 136 days). The significant difference is the 76ers are expected to lose at least 60 games this season, and the Cavs are expected to contend for a playoff spot.
Media Jon Barry, a 14-year NBA veteran, reached a multiyear agreement to serve as the lead NBA analyst on ESPN Radio.
Barry will work more than 40 regular-season and playoff broadcasts, ESPN said, with Kevin Calabro returning as play-by-play broadcaster.
Dr. Jack Ramsay, 88, who had become a familiar and popular voice on the ESPN broadcasts, has retired.
Heat favored Las Vegas oddsmakers made Miami a 2-1 favorite to win another NBA title its third in a row followed by Oklahoma City at 9-2, Chicago at 6-1 and San Antonio at 8-1.
Pistons Owner Tom Gores is donating $250,000 to support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public charter high school in Detroit.
The Contra Costa Times, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.