CHARLOTTE -- For the moment, the jovial, locker room jokester that frequently jumps in reporter's interviews to ask questions or shoots lighthearted barbs at his teammates' wardrobes as they exit the locker room is gone.
So is the contagious smile and gregarious charisma thats come to define Kemba Walkers relationship with the media. His voice gets serious in tone, looking down and pausing for a moment as if he's carefully choosing his words.
The question causing the shift: How tough have the losses of the last two years been for you?
Its been tough. Its hard. Its hard being the worst team in the NBA for two years straight, he says.
Man , Walker says, his voice drowning out, visibly perturbed by the thoughts of all the losses hes taken after arriving as a national champion. But at the same time I know that situations like this happen. Im just going to trust in God and wait. Just keep getting better, keep improving and I know that someday in the future we will be a good team.