Immediately following the draft-night trade for Corey Maggette, Bobcats coach Paul Silas called Maggette to deliver two messages: Maggette would be this team's starting small forward and go-to scorer. And Silas needed Maggette to immediately become this team's leader and a mentor to young teammates.
Entering his 13th NBA season and joining his fifth NBA franchise, Maggette didn't feel put-upon. Instead he was flattered that Silas, a coach he never before played for, had so much faith in him. Maggette entered last season following ankle surgery and never really caught on with the Milwaukee Bucks. So the trade to Charlotte has reignited his career.
Maggette instantly took to mentoring. He buys dinner for the young players as a means to build team chemistry. He frequently calls rookie Kemba Walker to be a resource and a sounding board. He recently stayed an hour after practice to teach backup Derrick Brown a spin move to free up Brown's mid-range jump shot.
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