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“I talk to John a lot. He’s kind of in the same situation as me,” Walker said. The Bobcats and Wizards finished with the NBA’s two worst records. “I don’t think we talked about basketball a lot. We both had pretty rough seasons.

“We just tell each other to stay positive, regardless. We have to get better as players. We have a lot of years left in this league. Our future could be really positive. One day, we’ll both be in playoff races.”

Walker and Mack will run into one another during the summer-league games, as things will return to normal this offseason. Wall said he’ll confine his summer activities to workouts and plans to skip all those games he played in last summer. But he’ll be around if Walker and Mack need a little guidance.

“As the year went on, I felt like I got better as a player, especially my leadership skills, finding guys, knowing where to be on the court,” Mack said.

“I learned it from John.”