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.