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The Houston Rockets have assigned Royce White to their Developmental League team for the second time, and White reportedly has refused to go for the second time. White had been away from the team for six weeks because he and the Rockets could not agree on a plan to deal with his anxiety disorder. But White recently began working out with the team again and on Saturday was assigned to the Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. But, according to the Houston Chronicle, White on Sunday refused to report to the Vipers. White released a statement to the Chronicle, which read, in part, "I do wish to play, but I only intend to do so with the collaboration and recommendation of trained professionals. The purpose of a doctor's confirmation is to ensure that health decisions are made in the sole interest of health and not conflicted with business. My only hope is that decision makers involved realize that doctors are the only logical source to decide action. There is an admitte...
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Rockets rookie Royce White, who has struggled with mental health issues during his rookie season, is refusing to play in the D-League.
There have been reams and reams of words flying off the fingers of Royce White the last two months, but at this point the only thing that seems clear is that the Houston Rockets rookie forward remains unwilling to play for the team.
White on Sunday refused an assignment to the Rockets NBA Developmental League affiliate according to the Houston Chronicle, which also obtained a 463...
Royce White needs to just stop… Stop issuing self-released statements, stop embarrassing himself and stop embarrassing the Houston Rockets because god knows they’ve embarrassed themselves enough just by drafting this guy. The latest issue with White, who continues to battle personal demons and a fear of flying has publicly refused an assignment to the D-League [...]
The Rockets took no action Monday regarding rookie Royce White’s not reporting to their NBA Development League affiliate. White said in a statement Sunday that he would not comply with the assignment, but he was not scheduled to join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers until Monday.
Rockets officials were still considering their next step, which could include a suspension.
As part of a multi-week developmental program, Royce White, the 16th overall pick of this year's draft, has been assigned to the Developmental League. The Houston Rockets made the decision after weeks of controversy surrounding White's anxiety condition and how he felt the team was handling it. According to CSN Houston, White will play for the Rockets' D-League affiliate...
According to multiple reports, Rockets rookie Royce White says he won’t play for the Rockets’ Developmental League affiliate.
Apparently, White wasn’t on board with the plan. White said he won’t play with the Vipers because of “unsafe” atmosphere of team officials making mental health calls. According to TNT’s David Aldridge, White says he wants to play but only with...
Earlier today, we wrote of the Houston Rockets' plan to assign the 16th overall pick, Royce White, to the Developmental League. They were planning on assigning him to the Rio Grande Vipers as part of a plan to help him adjust to professional play and overcome his anxiety disorder. Just recently, though, White issued a statement saying he would not accept the assignment.Mark...
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has assigned forward Royce White to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
White (6-8, 260, Iowa State), who has spent most of the season on Houston’s inactive list, was selected by the Rockets with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
I want to support Royce White. The 16th pick in the draft suffers from anxiety issues but the Rockets opted to draft him in spite of this. From the outside looking in, it appears as if the Rockets organization have been extremely supportive of White and gone far beyond what most employers would to ensure [...]
White was sent to the Rockets' D-League affiliate on Saturday, but he released a statement Sunday refusing to accept the assignment.
The Rockets have assigned rookie forward Royce White to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.