After one season without Raymond Felton, the Bobcats are again pairing D.J. Augustin with a smaller guard by drafting Kemba Walker.
“I’m still trying to prove myself,’’ Augustin said. “That’s what it’s about. At every level you go to, you’ve got to keep proving yourself. That’s the hardest part about this sport we play. That’s the great part, too, because it’s competition. That’s what I love about it.
“I’ve played with guys my size all my life. At Texas, I played with A.J. Abrams. It the NBA, Raymond and me played a lot together. Pairing Walker and me might be a good advantage for us. Bigger guys can’t guard us. So it’s going to be fun.’’
Augustin played improved basketball when Paul Silas replaced Larry Brown.
“He’s a great motivator, and if you don’t feel like practicing or playing, he’s going to tell you,’’ Augustin said. “He’s a tough guy, but a loving coach. He looks at us like we’re his sons. He treats us that way with respect. He makes you want to play.’’
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Faced again with the possibility of having to share playing time again, Augustin still thinks he’s in the best situation under Silas.
When the Bobcats were shopping Augustin for a potential trade, it was Silas who persuaded owner Michael Jordan not to proceed with it.