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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bobcats coach Paul Silas spent the better part of a week preaching to Kemba Walker the importance of passing first, shooting second. Apparently Walkers 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 Charlottes 102-99 loss Saturday night to the Washington Wizards. It was a remarkable improvement over Walkers 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 didnt know that he could pass the ball that well or even see guys that were open like that. He hadnt done it before, but hes learning. To get a triple-double after 21 games, to me, thats just out of this world. "I just cant think of enough good things to say about him and how well hes going to do in the future." Silas has been around the league long enough to know that one game doesnt make or break a player. As promising as Walkers breakout game was, hed like to see the rookie the consistently take charge. The No. 9 overall pick in the draft out of Connecticut will get the chance to do that over the next four games with regular starting point guard D.J. Augustin already ruled out because of inflammation in his right toe. The Bobcats will look to snap an eight-game losing streak Tuesday night when they begin a four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers. "Honestly, Im still trying to learn this game," Walker said. "Im a very unselfish player. I dont mind passing the ball at all. Coach told me he wanted me to get guys the ball and he showed me on film a lot of the opportunities that I have to get to the basket and distribute." Walker admittedly struggled during his first three starts. Silas urged him both publically and privately to do a better job of distributing the ball, hoping to get the point across. "We talked to him about what was needed and we talked to him about how to distribute first and score second," Silas said. They watched hours of tape together. It culminated in what Walker said was probably his best game, but he downplayed the effort by noting his teams NBA-worst 3-18 record. "I just want to win, whether that means getting assists or rebounds," Walker said. He said he is most comfortable playing the point guard position. "Ive been playing it my whole life," Walker said. "I love playing point guard. But if I had to be out there playing the two spot it doesnt matter. Im still going to be doing the same thing. Im still going to push the ball and Im still going to run some plays — just maybe not as much." The Bobcats long-term future at point guard looks good. Augustin will be a restricted free agent next year, but has improved enough to where it would be hard to fathom the team not keeping him. Walker clearly will be a big part and it doesnt hurt having owner Michael Jordan as one of his biggest fans. For now, Walker is just trying to make his mark. On Tuesday night, hell face off against one his heroes, Kobe Bryant. The Lakers star would make an annual visit to Rice High School in The Bronx, where Walker first gained national recognition. "Kobe sponsored my high school, so once a year he would come down and talk to us," Walker said. "So Ive been around Kobe for a while. But to finally be able to play against him in the NBA is going to be exciting. Hes one of the best players in the world. Im really looking forward to it." Notes: Silas said guard Reggie Williams and forwards Gerald Henderson and D.J. White will be available for the Lakers game. 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On Friday, the former Giants receiver found his new team: Indianapolis. "Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement issued by the team. "His big-play potential requires attention from the defence every time hes out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offence." Terms of the deal were not immediately available, though it is believed to be for one year. Nicks was the Giants first-round pick in 2009, and became an immediate contributor. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 and was part of the Giants Super Bowl-winning team following the 2011 season. But injuries sidetracked his career the past two seasons. In 2012, Nicks was limited to just 53 catches, 692 yards and three touchdown catches in 13 games. The numbers were marginally better last season when played in 15 games. 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