I don't mean to sound crass, even though I know I will. I don't mean to diminish anything important, even though I know that's how some will take it.
I am not criticizing Royce White for having anxiety issues. He can't help that any more than someone can help having a strained quadriceps. He has shown considerable bravery in revealing his struggle to the world, and deserves the praise he's received for that.
For this column to work, I need everybody to be able to hold in their head two separate ideas, and treat both of them equally.
1) Royce White deserves support and empathy as he seeks to overcome his mental health issues, and should be commended for using his fame as a basketball player to fight the stigma of a problem so many people are afraid to admit they have.
2) Royce White didn't even make it to the very first day of the very first training camp of his NBA career because of his anxiety issues, which means Royce White's problem officially became the Houston Rockets' problem....