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Royce White expected to play for Sixers Friday

Oct 10, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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Call me skeptical, I want to see him out on the court, but we may see Royce White playing a little for Philadelphia this season.

White could play his first game as a Sixer Friday, in a preseason game against the Celtics. At least that’s the plan, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

Originally the plan was for White to travel with the team to Europe for preseason games, but doctors scratched that idea. He stayed home. White battles a generalized anxiety disorder and among the symptoms is a fear of flying. That is going to make life in the NBA challenging, it led to confrontations in Houston. The Rockets drafted White but he never played for them, this summer he was traded to the Sixers.

Friday night’s game is a home one for the Sixers, making the travel issue moot. Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks there is a place for White on the team.

“I see a talented player that is wildly creative, wants to do everything,” Brown said. “We want to put him in a real clean role initially and then let him use his creative instincts, but it’s based again on his fitness. He’s very talented, different talented. He’s like DeJuan Blair, when we coached him in San Antonio. He had a different feel for the game – passing, running, creative. I see similarities with Royce.”

The relationship between White and the Philly management is better than in Houston. The other advantage the Sixers have is playing in the Northeast — he can get to many more games by car or train from Philadelphia than he could from Houston.

We still have no idea how all this will play out. Ultimately White doesn’t have a lot of leverage here — if he is a DeJuan Blair level player that’s not enough to get teams to change how they operate — but maybe he has found a place he can make it work. At least for a season (the Sixers do not have to pick up his option for next season).

  1. misremembered72 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    As a sixers fan…. I’m a little excited

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Lemme guess…this is a home game?

    Is this year, if he FINALLY plays, considered his rookie year?

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Haha, close it’s in Delaware but your joke remains valid and hilarious.

  3. zerole00 - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    “I see a talented player that is wildly creative, wants to do everything,” Brown said. “We want to put him in a real clean role initially and then let him use his creative instincts, but it’s based again on his fitness. He’s very talented, different talented. He’s like DeJuan Blair, when we coached him in San Antonio. He had a different feel for the game – passing, running, creative. I see similarities with Royce.”

    In other words, he’s going to make the Sixers tanking far more believable.

  4. kb2408 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    In one sentence he’s saying he is talented and wildly creative….but in the next he’s comparing him to “Dejuan Blair” ? Huh?!!

  5. andyreidisfat - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”

  6. sportsfan18 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Hey, I won’t make light of his issue/condition as I’m not in a position to do so…

    However, one must be able to do the things that are required of their job and he can’t.

    I mean it was a big deal that Tony Gonzalez was allowed to miss some training camp and he is a future hall of fame player well established in the league.

    Imagine if Gonzalez said he’d have to miss X amount of games…

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I’m not one to criticize the grammatical errors or typos, but this title is wrong. It makes it sound as if Royce White expected to play last week but he didn’t… when actually he is expected by others to play in a future game. So maybe it should be ‘Royce White is expected to play for Sixers Friday”

  8. brotherlove2012 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Why won’t go away? He is by far one of the worst spokeperson you can have for this condition, his constant whining and demanda are irritating to everyone. He will get no sympathy if he keeps making no effort to adapt and work around his condition. For my part I’m sick of him and the ridiculous conditions he’s constantly putting up everytime the organization is trying to make him do something. If he can’t travel, he just can’t play, that’s the bottom line.

  9. thegrey7 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    “Originally the plan was for White to travel with the team to Europe for preseason games, but doctors scratched that idea.” — They guy won’t even fly on a plane in the states, and they thought bringing him to Europe was a good idea???

  10. dawkinsalwaysaneagle - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Is he afraid to dunk too? Tank it up!

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