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Royce White refuses to play with Rockets D-League team

12/30/2012 at 12:27 pm By

Royce White Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets knew that they were taking a risk when they drafted forward Royce White with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

After all, this is the guy who is intensely afraid of flying and has other known and publicized mental-illnesses.

It’s doubtful that they knew just how much of a hassle White would become.

White was demoted to the D-League earlier this week by the Rockets organization. However, on Sunday, White issued a statement saying that he wouldn’t be going to play for the D-League affiliate.

NBA.com released White’s statement, which said, “I have chosen to not play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals.”

Though it’s important for persons with mental illness to receive the proper treatment, the feeling that White is embracing this melodrama is inescapable.

If White can ever find the right fit, he might be able to make it in the NBA. However, no one really knows what the right fit is for him anymore.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Stevied54

    on 12/30/2012 - Reply

    The Bellevue Schizoids, or maybe the Mars Boogereaters

  2. tonichi

    on 12/30/2012 - Reply

    White, you are a loser. Your lawyer is just trying to make money for himself. He has nothing to lose SHOULD YOU LOSE and money to gain SHOULD YOU WIN. But seriously. You are pathetic. Don’t ever think you can play NBA basketball — accept the D-Leage and earn you enourmous pay. YOU ARE ACTUALLY NOT PERFORMING ACCORDING TO THE CONTRACT THAT YOU SIGNED. You can be SUED for non-performance of duties. Idiot!!!

  3. sd

    on 12/30/2012 - Reply

    Royce White, the work and sport are the best treatments. Any MD will tell you this and you know it yourself. Rockets are your employer, not your doctor: look at them this way. If you feel you need additional treatment besides work and sport, get it. Learn to appreciate what you have. You need the job and you need to make your living. Without it you will suffer tremendously.

  4. Bobby Jones

    on 12/31/2012 - Reply

    He has a mental illness so they have to be patient. Houston new this when he was selected. Just get him evaluated and on the right meds.

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