Bobcats coach Paul Silas spent the better part of a week preaching to Kemba Walker the importance of passing first, shooting second.
Apparently Walker's a pretty good listener.
In just his fourth start at point guard Walker handed out 11 assists en route to his first career triple-double in Charlotte's 102-99 loss Saturday night to the Washington Wizards. It was a remarkable improvement over Walker's first three starts, in which he had just eight assists combined.
Walker also scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
''Let me tell you, it was just wonderful,'' Silas said. ''I didn't know that he could pass the ball that well or even see guys that were open like that. He hadn't done it before, but he's learning. To get a triple-double after 21 games, to me, that's just out of this world.
''I just can't think of enough good things to say about him and how well he's going to do in the future.''