Who doesn’t love a good Twitter rant? This time it comes curtesy of Royce White.
Rockets first-round draft pick Royce White is away from the team and says the club has been “inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.
The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.
He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.
“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,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. “As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress, but since [the] preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”
Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White “is not available right now. We are committed to his long-term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”
White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.
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