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Clippers' Willie Warren Might Not Like Basketball, But He's Back In Bakersfield

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Warren has been reassigned to the Bakersfield of the NBA Development League in what has been one of the most random rookie seasons in recent history.

If Warren would have come out of Oklahoma following his freshman season when he played Robin to Blake Griffin's Batman, the 6-foot-4 point guard probably would have been a lottery pick after being named the Big 12's Freshman of the Year as well as being appointed to the All-Big 12 Second Team in his first year out of high school.

That didn't happen, however, and now Warren seemingly regrets the decision as he tweeted the following last week (he's since deleted the account):

@Dagr8113: ive came to the point where I jus wanna go to school and live a normal life..this must not b for me cause this is ridic...cant take it.

And, you know, it's kind of understandable that Warren wouldn't be happy with his current situation given the circumstances.

 Warren decided to stay a Sooner for a second season, falling to the Clippers with the 54th pick in last year's NBA Draft. 

Since the Draft, and despite a substandard Summer League and playing in just one preseason game, Warren somehow still managed to impress Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro enough to to have the coach insert his point guard into 12 of the team's first 18 games.

That trust didn't last long, though, as Warren was glued to the bench from November 28 to January 19 before the Clippers finally decided to assign their rookie to the D-League on February 2 following an injury to Eric Gordon (crazy, right?). 

Warren took advantage of the new found playing time by averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds in six games for the Jam in just over 25 minutes of playing time per game.


Apparently feeling his time in the D-League had helped him, the Clippers recalled Warren on February 21 and have given him a total of 23 minutes of playing time since rejoining the big club before reassigning him to the D-League this afternoon.

Whether he eventually goes back to school or decides to play basketball for as long as his athleticism allows him, he'd be wise to take advantage of any learning he can do while in the Development League.