Royce White has been extremely public in his battle with the Rockets to come up with a plan to handle his anxiety disorder. White has an overwhelming fear of flying, so much so that he had requested his team work with him to develop a plan that would manage his disorder while still allowing him to play. Houston seemed willing to do that.
Yet, here we are halfway through what would have been White's rookie season and White has not stepped onto the court at all.
It appears, finally, White is close to making his NBA debut.
The Rockets announced Saturday that they have reinstated Royce White and assigned him to their D-League affiliate, ending the drawn-out negotiations about how best to handle White's much-publicized anxiety issues. Both the league and the Players' Association approved the plan for handling White's anxiety issues and the plan is reported to address major concerns both the Rockets and White had.
White is expected to make his D-League debut on or about February 1...