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Royce White still not with Rockets, attacks Wojnarowski on twitter

Nov 24, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

Royce White AP

One of the key lessons in life, for some people one of the hard ones to learn, is to pick your battles. When to let some things just go in pursuit of a more important, larger goal.

With that in mind, we bring you two bits of news about Royce White, the No. 16 pick of the Houston Rockets who has an anxiety disorder and does not feel the Rockets have done enough to support him.

First, he is still not with the team and there is no timetable for his return, reports the Houston Chronicle. Rockets GM Daryl Morey said the two sides are “talking things through” but he has not been with the team for two weeks and it is not clear when White may return.

Second, White took to twitter — his preferred medium of public communication — on Saturday to attack Yahoo Sports writer (and NBC Sports Network NBA Insider) Adrian Wojnarowski for a week-old article saying what a lot of people around the league have been saying: That in his quest for what he sees as fair treatment for his disorder he is throwing his NBA career away.



White had nearly 30 tweets going after Wojnarowski, some pointing out things listed in the article saying they are not true (specifically that there were concerns about playing time that led him to leave the Rockets). Woj has, as of now, not responded on twitter.

White wants to change the perception of what people with an anxiety disorder can do with the proper support. He wants to create awareness.

But the only way he can really do that is to be an active, contributing member of an NBA team.

Wojnarowski is no doubt one of the — if not THE — biggest name basketball journalist out there but he is also not the guy standing between White and playing in the NBA. What Wojnarowski wrote in that article is the perception around the league when you talk to teams, no matter what White thinks of it. Woj didn’t create the perception, and he’s not the one that can change it.

Publicly, the Rockets have been very supportive of White. But privately they will tell you all the things they have done for White, including allowing him to take a bus to many of the team’s away games and getting his a psychologist to see in the area. White and the Rockets clearly still do not agree on what the level of support should be.

I’m not going to pretend to know what the best course of treatment and what the best way for the Rockets to help White is. That is something for him and his doctors to work out with the team in the talks reportedly going on. This is not a simple situation with easy answers. But if White wants to change the perception of him he can only do that as a member of the Rockets.

From the outside, from where I sit, sometimes it doesn’t feel like Royce White’s primary goal is to be an NBA basketball player. Maybe it is, but this comes back to perception and it doesn’t feel like that is what he wants more than anything else. And maybe that’s a good decision for him, maybe this to him is a fight for something much bigger and more important (and if so attacking Wojnarowski is a distraction from that). But know that the feeling around the league is that if he is not committed there are a hundred guys in line behind him who may not be as talented but are fully committed. And teams would rather have those guys on the roster. That is not what Wojnarowski made up, that is what is being said.

And again, the only way for White to achieve those goals is as the member of an NBA team.

I really hope this ends up working out for both White and the Rockets. I’m not sure I see the path to that happening right now, but I hope it does.

  1. jeff6381 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I know he has a disorder but it seems like the Rockets are trying to find a solution to this issue they allow him to do things other players aren’t able to do. It seems as though his problems with the rockets started when he was sent to the D league. There wasnt a problem in the preseason. He should be trying to get back on the court and stop using this disorder as a excuse because I seriously doubt he will get a second chance.

    • drew88mm - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      He’ll def get a second chance, this isn’t the NFL. In the NBA talent trumps all, he’s just going to be on a minimum deal. The Spurs for instance would snatch this guy up in two seconds.

  2. davidly - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Wojnarowski may not be the sole source of the creation of perception, but he contributes to it. And stating things along the lines of “that is what is being said” does the same.

    So many unnamed sources are cited in so many different stories that people no longer remember where they heard something, but the perception remains. At least that’s what I heard somewhere.

  3. drew88mm - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Not surprised, WOJ has been making up stories for years. For the last two years he consistently preached that Dwight Howard to the Nets was inevitable and he had many “sources” in both organizations that told him it was going to happen. Either the dude makes up almost all of his sources or people just give him bad info in purpose, either way he’s a total clown.

    • savvybynature - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      When you consistently rely on unnamed sources you will begin to be used as a pawn. It’s journalism 101, but it’s a lesson that always gets brushed aside in the interest of landing “a scoop” and making a career.
      Sports and political reporting seem to be the biggest victims.

  4. mydadyourmom - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I’ve heard more than enough about this guy.

    • badintent - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Will someone call T-Mac Now and tell him he got a new team mate !
      Deport White to China ! He just needs some Chinese medicine and Macau escorts to cure him of what ales him.There is no OSHA workplace regulations there.And No Gloria Allred to sue him on any hoes !Ask Shaq about that crap.LOL

  5. coldyron - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Nice post, I enjoyed reading it.

  6. dannymac17 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    many people have mental illnesses

    give one those guys a shot at what you could make and they would put it aside or at least try.

    it seems he doesnt even want to try, he just wants to “tweet”


  7. shawnsmith262 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Reblogged this on Sidelined and Fined.

  8. bigsuede - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    The rockets get to fine him 15k per day- do the fines go back to Houston or does it go to charity after that?

    It is probably better that houston just ignore the guy for the next couple years and just chalk it up to a big mistake.

    I’m tired of hearing about it. Lesson to be learned is- the stigma on mental illness is justified. Just stay away.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      All league and team fines go to charitable causes.

  9. coldplay519 - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Who’s the bigger nutjob here? Thumbs up for White, thumbs down for the genius who drafted him.

  10. timb12 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    When you start using hash tags, you lose a little credibility.

    • scalfor3 - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      I guarantee you that your favorite player is on twitter and uses hashtags.

  11. eventhorizon04 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    White made it very clear pre-draft he had this anxiety disorder. I remember watching an ESPN segment devoted to it – any team that drafted White had to understand that this guy was unwilling to fly on planes regularly.

    He didn’t hide it then claim disability after – he told teams, fans, and the media.

    Because of that, I would have never drafted him in the first round, but the Rockets did, and they have to deal with his mental illness.

    The Rockets have only themselves to blame for taking a guy with this illness – he was upfront about it the entire pre-draft process.

  12. BigBeachBall - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    he’s got to thank his therapist during a playoff game before I’ll believe him…

  13. lorddarkhelmet - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    i would really like him to identify exactly what he means when he says “support”. They have provided him doctors and allowed him privileges not extended to any other player in the league. This doesn’t seem to be enough for him so clarify publicly what it is that you would like from them that they aren’t providing.

  14. jordanismyidol - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM


  15. doclolly - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    You know at first i was on Royce White’s side in this mess.. but all these twitter rants are starting to make him look bad

  16. dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    The Rockets are stacked with good, young PFs. Patterson and Morris in the regular rotation with Terrence Jones playing his way in. I really do wish the best for this guy but he has absolutely no leverage..

  17. eugenesaxe - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    White’s losing his own credibility incredibly fast.

  18. gildaymonster - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Obviously you don’t know anything about mental illness.

  19. pacific123ocean - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I feel bad for this young man, because I know that ten years from now he is going to regret his words and actions.

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