Jamil Wilson’s days are numbered. They always were. Thanks to the NBA’s new two-way contract he signed before the start of the 2017-18 season, he had only 45 days to play with the Clippers. He must spend the rest of the season with their G League team in Ontario.
Wilson has played very well in an unexpected role, filling in for the injured Blake Griffin as the Clippers’ starting power forward. Griffin could return to the starting lineup Friday, after sitting out for 14 games because of a sprained left knee. Wilson could be sent back to the G League.
Griffin was set to practice Wednesday with the G League team in Ontario, then rejoin his Clippers teammates for Thursday’s workout before the coaching and medical staffs determined whether he would play Friday against the Lakers. Or whether they’d hold him out for another game.
Meanwhile, Wilson didn’t want to go back to the developmental league. After all, he’s been something of a savior for the Clippers, proving he belongs in the NBA with a breakout performance in which he scored a career-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.
Wilson, a 27-year-old rookie from Marquette, didn’t expect to become a starter with the Clippers after spending two seasons in the developmental league. Now, he admits to feeling worried about his future in the NBA.
“I’m not going to lie to you, he said. “Some days I wake up and you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Sometimes that can make you timid and kind of put you in a funk. But then you just kind of embrace the moment. Being around these guys, it’s a great feeling.
“They don’t let you feel sorry for yourself or anything like that. It a little nerve-racking, but at the same time you’ve still got a job to do. At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. The ball is still orange. The goal is still 10 feet. You try to use that to bring you back down to earth.”
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