Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/11/12
Royce White will be called many things this season, but one of them should be brave. By publicly acknowledging his struggles with anxiety -- and labeling it a form of mental illness -- he has already cost himself hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps millions, after falling to 16th in the NBA draft, lower than a player of his basketball gifts would be expected to slip. White also has put himself squarely in the public eye, which in the world of sports is akin to leaping into a shark tank. There will be fingers pointed, jibes about the special accommodations the Houston Rockets, who drafted White, are willing to make to allow him to ease his fear of flying among other anxieties. Because White is an athlete, someone will suggest that he just suck it up and tough it out. As if a rookie in the NBA doesn't have enough on his plate with a new home, new teammates and a new way of life? What White, seemingly intelligent, aware and inquisitive if not troubled, has done is reveal hims...
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