It was probably nothing Jarrett Jack didn't already know about Harrison Barnes, but a pause in one his of answers before Monday's practice gave Jack time to make an assuring observation.
As Jack looked past reporters and considered a question, he saw Barnes effortlessly perform a Curly Neal-like dribbling exhibition while holding court with a handful of the Warriors' players and coaches.
If Barnes felt any pressure, his Pepsi Center-filling smile and distinctive laugh didn't give it away.
"I think he's built for this," Jack said. "I think Harrison is the best guy for us with his size and athleticism and ability on the perimeter. I think he's the person for the job."
A day ahead of Game 2 in their first-round series against Denver, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson continued to play coy about how he plans to replace power forward David Lee, who was lost for the postseason with a torn right hip flexor.
But no matter who starts in place of Lee, the Warriors are going to expect a lot more from Barnes, who has been able to play a generally deferring role as the team's starting small forward for most of the season.
"It's going to be tough with (Lee) gone, but we're going to have to make up for his absence," Barnes said. "It's hard to replace 20 (points), 11 (rebounds) and three (assists), but the biggest thing for me and everybody on this team is to continue to be aggressive. If the shot is there, you've got to take it. You also have to make the extra pass, set the screen and do the little things that help you win games in playoff basketball."
Following the ambiguous lead of Denver head coach George Karl, who won't announce his starters until Tuesday but said his gut tells him that Kenneth Faried (ankle) will come off the bench, Jackson said he's still considering whom to start at power forward.
For what it's worth, the Warriors had six players in starting blue Monday. Joining the usuals - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes and Andrew Bogut - were power forward Carl Landry and center Festus Ezeli.
"We have a lot of options, and we'll move forward and make a decision (Tuesday) night," Jackson said. "We can go with a true power forward in Carl Landry, we can go Draymond Green, we can go Harrison Barnes, we can go Richard Jefferson, we can go Festus Ezeli, we can go Jarrett Jack, so the options are there."