OAKLAND -- No big deal and no pressure at all on Mark Jackson and Co., this is only the most heralded, most gabbed-about Warriors season launch in decades.

Maybe, after all the trumpet blasts, there will be opening-night jitters Wednesday at Oracle Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers. Maybe that will carry through the first weeks of the season.

Maybe all of the Warriors' working parts will not quite mesh and mobilize immediately.

Maybe with Harrison Barnes missing the first few games (at least) because of a foot injury and maybe with the Warriors' rebuilt bench and readjusted coaching staff, there will be a stumble or two early.

But that is also the larger theme of this main-stage Warriors season: They actually don't need to be great from the start.

The best teams are at their best in April, May or even June, not in October and November, not even when the hopes are this high.

This isn't about ticket-selling and tricking fans into false hope any more in Warriorsland; this is about putting together an honest run at the Western Conference finals or beyond.

"(The goal is) being one of the best teams in the league, top two or three teams in the entire league, when the playoffs start," said swingman Andre Iguodala, the Warriors' top offseason acquisition.

"I think that's more important than total number of wins. I learned that last year (with Denver). We had a great record, but we didn't play well going into the playoffs. And that kind of bites you."

The Warriors have earned the right to ease into this season, relatively speaking.

They earned it with their regular-season play last season (47 victories, sixth seed in the West), and especially with their postseason run through Iguodala's Denver team and into their six-game series loss to San Antonio.

And they earned it by putting together this talented, sensibly constructed roster, built around Stephen Curry's sublime skills and anchored to Andrew Bogut in the middle.

Things won't be exactly like last season, and that's just how teams evolve. The good ones change for the better, the lesser teams stay the same or get worse.

The Warriors let bench leaders Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry leave as free agents, and they will miss what those two did last season.

But there was no guarantee Jack and Landry would have duplicated those performances (for elevated salaries) with the Warriors this season.

The Warriors will lean on Iguodala to fill some of those gaps, alongside Curry and Klay Thompson and also with backups Toney Douglas, Draymond Green and Marreese Speights.

Which is why they acquired Iguodala. He is so versatile that he can fill voids you didn't even know you had when you acquired him.

Another adjustment: Well-regarded top assistant Michael Malone left to take the reins in Sacramento, which shifted Warriors No. 2 assistant Pete Myers to the No. 1 slot.

I don't expect Jackson and his staff to struggle without Malone's strategic input, because Jackson has always been this team's guiding force.

But it will be something to watch.

The Warriors also have to remain relatively healthy, as all teams do. But Curry and Bogut -- the Warriors' two best players -- have injury histories, and now Barnes has this mysterious ailment.

So that's an unknown, too. Plenty of unknowns, but the Warriors start from a point of some power.

They aren't just the fun new team; they're expected to establish themselves as a Western Conference force.

"Our responsibility is to maximize what we have," Jackson said. "Our responsibility is to again leave our season with our tank on empty.

"But a lot of things come into play. Not having Harrison Barnes for the first two games -- it hurts us. But at the same time we are more than capable of fulfilling the expectations of the people."

We won't know exactly where the Warriors fit in the West firmament right away.

Are they up there with San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers or is somebody else up there, too? Slugging it out with Oklahoma City, Houston and Memphis? Stuck in a pack with Denver, Minnesota and Portland?

Unknown, unknown, unknown, for now. Not a big deal, for now.

The Warriors have earned the right to settle into this season, find a rhythm, and let their talent and team chemistry take over in a few months.

They know they're good -- probably 50-victories good, maybe more -- and they know they won't even be judged on that. They'll be judged by what they do in the playoffs.

That's a mark of a good team, worthy of the hubbub for now, but properly aiming to make a much larger commotion in about five or six months.

Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.

wednesday's game
L.A. Lakers at Warriors, 7:30 p.m., CSNBA

INSIDE
A foot injury will sideline Harrison Barnes for at least two games. PAGE 3

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