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HOUSTON -- The relationship between the Houston Rockets and rookie Royce White has become about as unusual as White's relationship to the rest of the world around him.
White on Tuesday released a statement to the public accusing the Rockets of being inconsistent and inconsiderate in accommodating his mental health issues. White, who suffers from anxiety, hasn't played in a game for the Rockets this season and has reportedly missed practices. He was assigned to the Developmental League earlier Tuesday.
"In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets," said White, as reported by FOX 26 in Houston. "As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress. But since preseason the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship. At this point the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my absence. Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me. It is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights. It is a player-commodity league. The failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport."
Hours before White's statement, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement of his own that at the time seemed apropos of nothing.
"Royce is not available right now," Morey said. "We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward."
White's anxiety is especially problematic when it comes to crowds and flights, both of which are, of course, a regular part of being a professional basketball player. Before the season White worked out a deal with the Rockets that would allow him to bus to any games that were within reasonable driving distance.
But so far the Rockets haven't had much use for White, who was the No. 16 overall pick in this year's draft.
This isn't the first time White has gotten sideways with his team. He began his college career at Minnesota but got suspended after being charged with (and eventually pleading to) theft and disorderly conduct, and transferred to Iowa State. There, he averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game.'
White has been outspoken about his anxiety, especially on Twitter, which he used again Tuesday to make some more statements about his statement.
"'your a COMMODITY' and 'we'll support your health needs even if its inconvenient...' just don't go," he wrote. "My health can't afford such an ideal."
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The Houston Rockets and their 2012 first-round pick Royce White are having a bumpy start to a very new beginning. Houston drafted White out of Iowa State with the 16th pick in the draft knowing the versatile swingman had severe anxiety issues that included a fear of flying in an airplane. The Rockets wanted to stay true to their commitment to the young star and the two sides came...
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Houston Rockets rookie Royce White is upset with the team over what he feels is a lack of support dealing with his anxiety issues.
The Houston Rockets took a huge gamble selecting Royce White at No. 16 in June’s NBA Draft. White was a beast his one year at Iowa State (13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5 assists) but his draft stock plummeted thanks to a well-documented anxiety disorder. A major crux of his situation: White has a tremendous fear of flying. Unfortunately for White, the NBA travel schedule is arguably...
The Royce White saga in Houston has continued to develop and has taken an interesting turn. White suffers from serious anxiety, and specifically is extremely uncomfortable with flying; something that is pretty much necessary to do when traveling to different NBA cities. The Rockets had worked out a travel plan, but apparently that has fallen apart.On Monday the Rockets sent White...
HOUSTON -- Tuesday night, Royce White unleashed what I assume he will eventually consider a regrettable stream of consciousness on Twitter.
There was too much of it to repeat here, but the thrust of his complaint with the Houston Rockets was that the organization was treating him more like a commodity than a person, a person who happens to struggle with anxiety and requires special...
Houston first-round draft pick Royce White is not with the team and says the Rockets have been ''inconsistent'' in their agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.
The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in last year's draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront with his fear of flying and obsessive...
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It’s been a rough start to the season for rookie forward Royce White, who has been a problem with the Houston Rockets organization. His anxiety issues have taken a toll on the team. Houston has done everything for him, along with giving him a team bus to each game he has to go to. However, he continues to blame the team for it’s problems.
Daryl Morey the general manager of the Houston Rockets issued a statement earlier today on Rockets player Royce White.
“Royce is not available right now, Morey said. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”
White was a no show on Monday night when the Rockets [...]
Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White didn't play in Monday's home game against the Miami Heat, and he didn't practice Tuesday. Beyond that, the facts regarding his status with the team were in dispute. In a prepared statement, White said he is dealing with an anxiety disorder and that the team is being unresponsive to his needs. The Rockets, meanwhile, were...
Tweet Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White struggles with anxiety disorder, but that did’t stop the Rockets from drafting him 16th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. White has yet to play in a regular season game for the Rockets this season and was recently demoted to the D-League. White responded by taking a leave [...]
Houston Rockets rookie Royce White and the team seem to be at odds over the Rockets assigning him to the D League. Royce’s anxiety issues have been well documented and the Rockets came out in support of him but somewhere along the line things have gone awry with the team claiming Royce has gone [...]
Royce White has not played this season and it was reported that the Rockets were planning on sending him to the D-League.
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I’m not a big fan of writing posts about whatever happens on twitter but every now and then something pops that I feel like addressing. Yesterday Houston Rockets rookie Royce White tweeted his discontent about his relationship with the Rockets. For those who don’t know, the promising rookie talent has generalized anxiety disorder, a condition that can make routine day-to-day...