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Royce White to participate in media day and training camp with Sixers

Sep 25, 2013, 10:46 PM EST

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Royce White was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but never played a single game for the team.

White suffers from an anxiety disorder, the details of which he has no hesitation making public with very little prodding. It comes with it a fear of flying, which obviously makes things difficult for someone who is expected to travel essentially non-stop through the course of the 82-game regular season.

The Rockets appeared to try to make things work with White, but their accommodations were never enough, and Houston eventually traded White to the Sixers for nothing more than “future considerations” and the rights to an international prospect.

Philadelphia’s new general manager, Sam Hinkie, worked in the front office for the Rockets last season, so maybe he saw how they handled White and felt he could do a better job in working around his restrictions. So far so good, at least at this early stage.

From John Finger of CSNPhilly.com:

Certainly a fear of flying is not conducive to the NBA life.

Nevertheless, the 22-year old White is in Philadelphia and will participate in Friday’s media day as well as training camp, which runs from Saturday through Wednesday. …

In the meantime, new Sixers coach Brett Brown has been impressed with what he’s seen from the 6-foot-8, 260-pound White.

“It’s exciting to see what could happen if the physical side of getting him in great shape can collide with his talents,” Brown said during a media session on Wednesday afternoon.

White’s issue has never been talent; he definitely has potential, and looked good at times while averaging 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists for the Rockets’ D-League affiliate. He appeared in 16 games for them, and played 25.6 minutes per contest.

As is the case with many players, a lot of whether or not White ends up succeeding at the professional level is going to be up to him. He handled his disagreement with the Rockets very poorly last season, so an attitude adjustment as much as anything will be needed in order for White to take advantage of his fresh start.

  1. badintent - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Half a tab of Prozac with a beer chaser. Good to go. But no Red Bull, Ever.

  2. metalhead65 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    they should cut his lazy ass the min. he refuses to get on a plane. it’s part of the job and if he can’t do it time to find a new one, he gives people who suffer from what he claims he has a bad name. they go to work everyday even though it’s a struggle but they do it. he has the luxury of a fat pay check to sit on on while doing nothing because teams are afraid to call him on his b.s.

  3. braven4evr - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Please help me understand why a team would draft or sign a player that will not fly. I do understand this young man has a legitimate fear of flying but drafting a guy and then getting pissed because of his fears just doesn’t make sense…smh

  4. bigred12 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    This dude has always had the physical skills, but damn, he’s such a tool. I suppose his anxiety disorder led to him being suspended and the dismissed from DeLaSalle? And then it caused him to shoplift clothes from Mall of America? And then it caused him to steal a laptop from a dorm room?

    • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      It also caused him to buff Mrs. James after Delonte was through with her

  5. 2016olympics - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    The NBA should show their sensitivity towards mental illness, and create a special designation for anxiety disorders. Allow him to play home games only and have a flex 12th man who takes his roster spot for road games.

  6. 00maltliquor - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Don’t hold your breath Philly.

    This guy is gonna be Andrew Bynum part 2 in terms of, “when is he gonna play” and “no timeline to return to team yet”, etc. etc.

    • money2long - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      media day…this will be one of the few times you get to see him in a game jersey

  7. newyorkshets - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Royce white isn’t going to amount to be anything. He is by far the worst draft pick I can remember. Screw him and his career.

  8. shuttaman1990 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    First off he hid his condition.
    oh yeah wasn’t he talking crap to Durant or another player saying that they were choking under pressure during the playoffs this year?
    Hypocrite bum.

  9. thesportsguru7 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I sure hope that no one shares the statistics with him that state you’re more likely to die in a car accident than you are flying…

  10. 12444uggg - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “Half a tab of Prozac with a beer chaser. Good to go. But no Red Bull, Ever.”

    As someone who deals with anxiety, this pretty much sums it up.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy works slowly over time, but you can’t sit at home all the time.

  11. onlyavoice - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Should Have Taken His Salary & Donated It To A Mental Illness Charity,
    Would See More Results.

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