Royce White is Blowing his NBA Chance.
Talent or not, the NBA is a business, and there are plenty of hard working dedicated players chomping at the bit to get a chance to hit the court. Anxiety or not, he seems to be undermining his own success by this kind of behavior. A lot of guys are out of the league after their rookie contract expires because of attitude and behavior problems. Royce White seems to be following this same path. I think he'll be traded before the deadline.
Yea the Rockets do not need the constant aggrevation. Especially with what Kevin McHale is going through,
I heard McHale had taken a leave, but I never heard why.
i wonder what his stats are going to look like in the d-league?
i bet BTPH isn't too happy about this entire situation.
At the end of the day, it's going to come down to Royce White willing to fight his inner conflict and take the neccesary steps to overcome them or not. I truly feel bad for the guy, but he needs to understand traveling is a key component in the league and he should have prepared for this the right way after getting draft.
any more than he could a busted knee. No one questions whether a guy can decide to overcome a dislocated elbow. I don't blame him, its not like he hid he had issues.
Who on earth would trade for a guy that doesn't want to get on an airplane? I don't know if that is his only anxiety issue but surely there are some meds that would calm him on a plane right? Everything else could be dealt with, but the guy has to earn a paycheck if he wants to get paid. The guy clearly has some issues, but his dream will slip away if he doesn't get it together.
Again My "Anxiety" is not well but not BAD, my main WORRY is being treated as a digit instead of a HUMAN, in the case of my health.
While #anxiety is the issue, the main piece of that isn't AIRPLANES, it's asking for support 4 my disorder thats consistent and fair.
"your a COMMODITY" and "we'll support your health needs even if its inconvenient..." just don't go. My health can't afford such an ideal.
I'd waste my "Talent", to stand up for myself and what's right, regarding my health 10x's out 10. #Logical Player "Commodity" league.
It's sad to think ppl ACTUALLY think
His health is more important
I agree his health is more important. The Rockets have a slew of power forwards so unless White and the Rockets can come up with something that works for both of them...White likely won't be with them or in the league very long.
I have anxiety issues, and I understand the hardships that it can create in day to day life. Going into the draft I was really rooting for him.
But honestly, he seems to be completely unprofessional, in my opinion. All of this talk about not wanting to be a "commodity" and not wanting to be treated like a "digit instead of a human being" is a bit silly.
I'm not a Rockets fan, and I am quickly becoming tired of White and his behaviour. So I can imagine that the Rockets organization and fans are growing tired of him as well. I feel he is making a bad name for people with anxiety disorders.I never expected him to be so immature, so hopefully he can grow as a person and learn to be mature and professional.
I would love for him to be successful and be a role model for young people with anxiety disorders. But it will be hard for him to move beyond the D-League with his behaviour, no matter how skilled he is.
I mean, did you see some of the nasty stuff that was tweeted at him. You try to just ignore it, just has to hurt that people actually feel that way. Knew he was a risk with his anxiety disorder and never really bought BTPH's "nice stewardess" theory. Just had hoped that Royce would find a way to deal with it, has to be really hard.
Not as easy as everyone thinks to just bite the bullet, though honestly it seems his going public and being as open as he has about it has garnered just as much (if not more) backlash than support. Hard to predict this would arise, just know that this is indeed a business and while it is difficult to say he is not handling things professionally due to the extenuating circumstances of his anxiety, that is certainly the way it looks.
Still do not necessarily believe he has burned his bridges, just may take some time before we see Royce White on the court again. While I see the amazing quality twitter has to let us communicate (for instance, having Jordan Bell re-tweet my congradulatory sentiments on him committing to Oregon), it would definitely be a burden in this situation. Royce should maybe shut it down for a while to deal with this situation amongst those closest to it.
Easy to see why so many teams red flagged this guy.
Two things that really stood out to me was the doctor saying the NBA would be a terrible career choice for someone with his condition, and the fact that he couldn't even be in the room full of family/friends.
It has been a really disappointing start, and there is no denying that the fastest way out of the NBA is to be late and/or missing practice. That said, the best thing for him right now is to play. There is no point in making any grand pronouncements about the NBA or players when the Bobcats are .500 and the Lakers have the second worst record in the West. All it means is that the league is two weeks in. He needs to go to Hidalgo, spend the next month going back and forth between Texas and Oklahoma (the only two states where the Vipers have games until Christmas), and perform. He needs to find a rhythm, and his late start has prevented him from finding any flow to life, work, and travel so far.
This is an early season giltch in the NBA system, i'm been pulling for this guy to succeed but he's made some bad choices, going to the media and announcing that he'll miss training camp also his constant tweets which are great but in the eyes of Rocket fans, he's milking the fame and enjoying his pay check, this latest news doesn't look good on White either.
I'm sure he's a great guy and i am a huge fan but the media has painted Royce White as somebody who cannot fly at all along with his anxiety having an impacthis on-court play but at Iowa State he flew without any protest and was a formidable opponent, this has caused an unnecessary headache for the Rockets which should've been resolved internally but the Rockets knew about the issues beforehand and proceeded in drafting him so the whole blame can't be placed on Royce, the current Rockets organisation are probably in new waters with regards to human management because Royce White needs to pampered and treated in his words "an individual and not a statistic" and the Rockets will hae to improve their efforts to cater to Royce's needs without alienating the rest of the roster.
I'm sure Royce White will catch up and be called swiftly back up to the main roster after the domolition of the D-League but in the mean time, he's looking like a guy who could end up being blackballed across the NBA, missing training camp, unexplained training no-shows and scared to fly aren't desirable in a professional athlete and isn't needed in any organisation, Royce must abide by the rules. Hopefully, it won't be that extreme and White can just play demonstrating the diverse talent he has.
Maybe it's just me......
But I understand where everyone is coming from saying his behavior is unacceptable, but the Rockets knew that when they drafted him, they knew what they were getting themselves into, they could have passed on him just like the other teams.
I understand he wants to be loved and respected and being comfortable is essential for him to control his anxiety, but no job will allow a no call/no show. Not to mention that he got drafted to the Rockets with Morey as the GM, you are always reminded you're a commodity because he has the entire roster in a continuous trade rumor loop. More than missing practices, he is questioning management. Executives are so sensitive and if he is a borderline rotation player at this point, what GM is going to let him question the organization.
I wonder if his disorder is chemical or mental. Does his anxiety rise because of an identifiable hormone spike or is it purely psychological.
On the bright side, if the D League is like the old CBA he doesn't have to worry about planes. IDK if they fly or not but I remember guys saying how much they hated the cramped buses of the minor leagues.
I would think he still gets paid because its a medical issue that he disclosed prior to employment. The Rockets better by careful threatening internal discipline because the Players Union would win easily.
I hope this gets worked out because I really want to see him play. I thought that Morey was not showcasing T Jones, White and Motiejunas to keep teams from wanting them in a big trade. But maybe their not ready and White, who you think would be the most ready may never be ready.
Royce needs to challenge himself to adapt to his present circumstances ( good and bad ), or he will definately not play in the NBA at all. It's so many people with-in are world that are dealing with painful and horrific circumstances. And it seems that the only way to defeat the enemy within yourself and the enemy within the world is through the needed personal changes that you have to make through the development and expression of healthy behavior, good decision making, mature attitudes, resiliency, and perseverance. The circumstances will never be perfect for royce and he can't expect everybody to sacrifice for the purpose of catering to his needs. He has to personally make the necesary choices with-in his life that are going to give him the peace he wants with-in his mind and spirit. And if playing in the NBA is preventing him from living life in healthy and beneficial ways. Than he just has to seperate himself from the NBA Lifestyle and choose a career that compliments his desire to heal himself from his anxiety issues.
... I understand it's a business... but why the hell did the Rockets draft him whereas they knew this HUGE issue ...?
If you draft a man with such a problem, you should have a PLAN to avoid this kind of awkward situation : maybe let him play only the home game (they have lots of forwards they could afford to) or reduce the number of his away games to let him travel slowly. I don't know if there is a perfect soltion but White could be a very good and special player for this team if they supported him. Fining him don't help neither him nor the team.
... or don't draft him . But you can't waste a 16th pick in a good draft like that. (sullinger, perry jones, zeller were still available) If you don't have a plan.
If the Rockets knew that Royce was going to act this way and also play the way he did in preseason (and perhaps in practice?), I bet they wouldn't have drafted him. What did Royce say about flying before the draft? That it was an non-issue. His coach went to bat for him as well, concerning flying but also the character concerns that got him bounced from Minnesota. Sure maybe they should have seen this coming but Royce wasn't all that honest either. He became honest, or "proactive" in his words, just before training camp.
I don't know what the Rocket's have done wrong. Maybe they're treating him like crap in practice, who knows but they've agreed to his plans about driving to certain games when feasible. By their own initiative, they've also provided a psychiatrist for Royce to speak to after practices but he hasn't talked to him at all. That doesn't sound like a guy who constantly harps about being proactive about his anxiety issues.
The shoe fits on the other foot as well. Royce should have known what he was getting into also. No one's forcing him to play professional basketball. If he doesn't want to be a commodity, he has a very simple solution.
Reminds me of the Rashad McCants event..no doubt Rashad had/has the talent to be a guard in this league but he got blackmailed. Then again, Rashad did not have a disorder, he just had apparent attitude problems.
Not saying Royce is or will get blackmailed but this obviously creates a huge distraction and as sad as it is, teams may just NOT want to deal with the anxiety problem after seeing this. I do think Royce is doing the right thing and sticking up for his health and well-being. There are things more important than basketball and I commend him for doing so. Hope this plays out for the best.
Not black mailed.
That said while I feel for this guy, he needs to decide if he is able to travel as the NBA requires. I understand if his problem is such that his is unable to and if that is the case maybe he should ask league to release him from his contract.
Sad case because Royce seems like a unique talent
I got negative for saying it before. At what point will he travel and do what's needed. He has shown 0 signs. Glad the C's stayed away.
This is the rockets fault. They drafted him knowing EXACTLY what problems he had. It isn't like it was out of the blue and something unexpected. They drafted him and now have a repsonsibilty to him. If they did not plan for it why on earth draft him and why draft him if they were not prepared to help him and his aniexty problems?
Some guys would KILL to be in the NBA and I feel as if he's not taking the proper steps to overcome his anxiety.
It's all mental and if he's not mentally strong enough to WANT to play in the L, then he sure as hell won't be mentally strong to have a career in the L.
I do not feel sorry for Royce White. He has always thought that he was above the law and deserved special treatment. He got kicked out of De La Salle and immediately was allowed to go to Hopkins and play for a top ten HS team in the country and was then awarded Mr. Basketball award and a Jordan HS All-American. Then he gets kicked out of the U for shoplifting at the M.O.A. and for stealing a laptop. He heads down I35 to Ames and is the biggest thing on campus leading the team to the 2nd round of the tournament and gets praised by everyone while he was there and everyone says that he has grown so much as a person. The NBA is a man's league and you have to earn your stripes. Yes, the Rockets did draft you knowing your "illness", but I don't think that they thought dealing with it was going to be this extent.
I don't know the full story but Royce was one of my favourites in the past draft. I liked his game and like him I suffer from anxiety so I was really hoping he would do well.
Anxiety is hard to explain. Even if you have been through it yourself, it still doesn't make sense. You know there is nothing to be afraid of, but your body just shuts down and you have no control over it. It is the worse feeling in the world.
I had figured he would play like this: Play the home games and travel by road to the nearby cities Dallas, OKC, San Antonio and New Orleans. I figured he could play around 50 games in the season. I have had employers before say they understand and support me. But after a month or two they grow tired of it. It is hard to explain to your friends and family and get their full support, let alone an employer.
Actually I just googled the latest news with Royce:
The Rockets intend to fine rookie Royce White for every day he remains away from the team or does not attend sessions with a therapist arranged by the team, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle.
White, the 16th pick in June's draft, has remained absent from the team in a dispute over how the Rockets are helping him confront his anxiety disorder.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander on Tuesday said that there were "internal repercussions" for White missing practices and games.
The Rockets have arranged for White to be treated by Dr. Aaron Fink of Baylor College of Medicine, but White has not attended those sessions, according to the Chronicle. White reportedly has expressed concerns to Fink that the problem between himself and the Rockets is about "support" rather than anxiety.
"In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder -- due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets," White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. "As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress, but since [the] preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship."
The 6-foot-8 White made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.
White, who's yet to play in a game, did not attend Monday's game against Miami, Tuesday's practice or Wednesday's game with New Orleans. He says on his Twitter account that the Rockets have been "inconsistent" in helping him.
The Rockets have no plans to trade or release White, according to the Chronicle.
And to think of all the guys that came so close of making the L and Royce is blowing it. He needs to wake the ...
It's sad all the people saying he needs to "deal with it" or "grow up". I work in hospitals and clinics and I can tell you first hand that anxiey is no joke and when it is as bad as he has it it also comes with depression. We have people who love 5miles away that have trouble just driving or riding to the clinic. What's best for him is to not be playing and instead try to deal with his issues. If not there is a very real possibility that he starts playing, sits the bench, gets more depressed and becomes suicidal.
My thing is that whichever team drafted him knew that they'd have to give him strong support, but why did the Rockets draft him in the first place if they didn't want to deal with his anxiety disorder? I'm sure there are a handful of teams that would've loved to have him on their organization and help him grow as a player while keeping him emotionally healthy at the same time. It doesn't seem like this issue is going to be resolved anytime soon, Rockets will probably trade him in the next week.(unless his meeting with Daryl Morrey went well yesterday or Thursday). But this kid still has talent, he's going to be a solid rotation player, but he really does need a team to support him. I'm going to fault both sides becaue I don't think Royce should be tweeting about this and skipping team activities, but he should have confronted the Rockets front office and explained his greivances to them.
He's basically demanding them to start him, it's dumb. He's getting special treatment already compared to the rest of the players and now he's making more demands? If you've watched the Grantland video you can tell this was all a big mistake on the Rockets part. Royce will never be able to be a normal NBA player because he refuses to face his "fears". The worse part of it all is McHale was the one who wanted Royce and now he's not even with the team since his daughter died and he's taking care of all those issues, honestly it is a horrible situation for the Rockets..
I need to see about his disorder, its honestly hard to understand his situation or feel bad for him since I don't understand his issue. It must be tough tho, seeing as he's basically throwing away a big opportunity. Tough