Royce White couldn't wait any longer.
Last weekend, just before the Houston Rockets opened training camp, he called his agent and told him he had a problem. He needed to map out a plan for dealing with his general anxiety disorder and his fear of flying.
It needed to be done before his first NBA season began. Before the brutal cross-country travel schedule kicked in and before the disorder got any worse.
And if the Rockets, who drafted him 16th overall in late June, wouldn't work with him, then he would walk away from basketball - no matter how much money was on the table.
It was that simple.
''It was going to come down to, hey, are they going to do this?'' White said. ''Or I might have to think about never being able to play anymore. Ever.''
The Rockets were receptive, though, and will allow White to travel by bus to selected games. White stayed in Houston to work out details of the arrangement while the team held its first week of training camp in McAllen, the home of its de...