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Royce White optimistic he can find place in NBA

Dec 3, 2013, 3:54 PM EST

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Royce White got a fresh chance with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Or at least that’s what he hoped; it also looked a lot like a salary move by Philadelphia at the time. Still he played for the Sixers in the preseason, even took a plane flight road trip, then he was one of the last cuts the team made before the season opened.

White told the USA Today he’s still optimistic he can find a spot in the league.

“I’m optimistic it will happen,” the former Iowa State star said. “We’re in contact with some teams. “Quite a few more than expected. People are more understanding than you think. It’s not an insensitive crowd. There are teams involved.

“It’s finding a situation that’s appropriate.”

No team names were mentioned. White is a free agent and can sign anywhere.

White has a well documented general anxiety disorder, something he is very open about (he has said he is trying to show others with the disease that they can deal with the disorder). Part of that is a fear of flying, but White told the USA Today that was overblown and he did fly during the Sixers preseason.

White was the No. 22 pick of the Houston Rockets in 2012, but he never played for them and was traded to the Sixers this past summer. He’s considered a guy with some point-forward kind skills who could maybe have a DeJuan Blair kind of impact on the right team. However, there were reports that the Sixers (like the Rockets) were frustrated his attitude, that he wasn’t working with them to help him navigate the NBA. Take all these kind of reports with a grain of salt, but they’re out there.

We’ll see how it plays out. Guys with talent get chances and White has that. I’d like to see him get that chance and show what he can do on an NBA court.

  1. abxyer - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This guy needs to man up!

    • shanelsweet - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      This guy has a severe disability, and he’s getting professional help to cope with it. Most folks don’t belittle the handicapped for being handicapped anymore. Be careful what you tell folks you want him to do, or risk sounding like an insensitive clod.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        I hope he can get it together, he probably has the talent.
        Best of luck to the kid.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        I’m tired of hearing this same excuse for this kid.

        Italo Romano is a professional skateboarder. He competes on the pro circuit across the world. Italo Romano also has no legs. He lost them in an accident when he was 13.

        There is no question that White has a legitimate disability, one that affects many people.

        Royce White uses his disability as an excuse, rather than an inspiration.

      • spursareold - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I understand that he has a disability, but I think he has leveraged that to try to pick and choose what he wants and doesn’t want to do. He wanted his doctors to clear him to play or practice. I’m sorry, but if you need clearnace that you’re mentally OK to practice, perhaps an NBA career isn’t in your future.

      • spursareold - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I understand that he has a disability, but I think he has leveraged that to try to pick and choose what he wants and doesn’t want to do. He wanted his doctors to clear him to play or practice. I’m sorry, but if you need clearance that you’re mentally OK to practice, perhaps an NBA career isn’t in your future.

      • superkev72 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        You don’t know what you are talking about shaneIsweet… No NBA team can agree to let Royce White sit out away games and allow his own personal doctor (not the team doctors) decide what games he plays in and how many minutes. If they try to discipline him for any reason whatsoever he will cry ‘persecution’ versus the mentally ill. Truth is unfortunately this guy has probably set back rights for mentally ill people playing in pro sports for the foreseeable future.

      • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        A lot of people have anxiety and we dont use it as a crutch like this guy, Get over yourself Royce…

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      After almost 2 years in the NBA and he can’t fly yet. He’s got serious issues.

  2. legend30 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Go away, retire.

    • legend30 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      I mean come on guys, I understand he has anxiety problems, but he got paid millions to do absolutely nothing. He should donate that money to charity.

  3. thekingdave - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    White wasn’t picked #22. Not the first time I think you’ve put that out there.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      He was off the board before my Celtics could pick. And to think at the time I was disappointed when he was taken and we could take Sullinger and then Melo.

      I suppose him or Melo is essentially a toss up for worst pick.

      • louderthanwords1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Just look who wrote it. Are you really surprised there’s incorrect information? I’d be more surprised if all the facts were accurate.

  4. karlton3 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    “(he has said he is trying to show others with the disease that they can deal with the disorder)”

    ——————————–

    Mission accomplished…?

  5. thomaskouns - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Royce has a rep for being manipulative anxiety disorder or not.

    I remember when he talked about how much he feared driving and then I saw him on ‘HBO Real Sports’ s driving effortlessly down the road while turned to his right to talk to the camera.

    He refused to see the Rockets psychologist in favor of his own. Of course the Rockets wanted to make it work after they invested a first rounder on him.

    Something is off here….

  6. jcrileyesq - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    he has a disease called delusion

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    16th pick KH. SIXTEEN.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Lol and I thought they had a potential bargain. Good thing the Celtics got Fab Melo instead!

  8. metalhead65 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    he has already had 2 chances which is 1 more than he should have got after what he pulled with the rockets. if another team is stupid enough to waste cap space on this clown they get what they deserve which will be no on court production and plenty of drama off it. not worth it! the fact he says there are plenty of teams involved should let you know the guy is delusional on top of his anxiety problem. you want to prove you are serious then sign a 10 day contract with the raptors,kings cavs, or bucks. teams that suck and can use help right now. but wait you can’t contribute now because of your disease so why would anyone with a brain sign you?

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I think it would be good for a lot of people if he does figure it out, but the burden is on him to get help and do the work. He’s a young guy. I was a mess at 22, and it took me a long time to deal with my anxiety. Hopefully the access he has will benefit him, and he can truly help others by being an inspirational story and not just an example of what happens when one lets the disorder win.

  10. davidly - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    From the comments here, ie. “go away, retire, he’s had enough chances, SOME FOLKS GOT NO LEGS!!!11″, etc., etc. one’d think that nobody read the article, which is typical www behavior, of course.

    The main story here is that he flew, played, but still got cut in the end. Period. Not that he is causing problems otherwise. If you wanna know whether or not the Sixers’ decision to cut him is attributable to his mental illness, you’d have to ask them.

    The point is that he is still optimistic that he can play for someone in spite all of that.

    And, naturally, there is irony in the fact that those who accuse him of undue privilege display an acute obliviousness to their own by expressing just how tired they are of hearing about him–as if it amounts to anything in their own privileged lives.

    I’d sarcastically say to all of you, “Go away,” except that it might not be taken for someone claiming to suffer from your wanton display of ignorance.

    • boscoesworld - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      davidly: “However, there were reports that the Sixers (like the Rockets) were frustrated his attitude, that he wasn’t working with them to help him navigate the NBA”. Yes the article does state that there were problems and he didn’t just “get cut”. This guy not only has a treatable mental disease he has a serious entitlement problem as well. IMO he needs to find another career.

      • davidly - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Yes, the “reports” duly noted in the article, not linked to, and, most importantly, to “be taken with a grain of salt”. And, I might add, most most importantly: What is it to you? By that I am not referring to our feeling a need to comment on the topic, that much is clear, but what does it actually mean to you that you think “he needs to find another career”?

  11. jcfinest - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Sounds like he blew his cash and is looking for a payday. He will never play in the NBA. Better chance of catching him in your local ymca.

  12. xli2006 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Nobody likes to fly or deal with the pressures of their job.

    You get paid millions to play a game and there are dozens of medical or psychiatric options available to minimize the anxiety.

    Go sit behind a desk for 30 years and a fraction of the paycheck and then we’ll talk about anxiety.

  13. spyder9669 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I have anxiety disorder and it is absolutely within the realm of possibility that he cannot get on a plane. Most anxiety disorders come from having a single panic attack which comes out of nowhere and for no reason. That event changes how you react to every situation for the rest of your life. To him just getting on a plane most likely would trigger another attack and if you have ever had one before, I guarantee you would do anything to avoid another one. So all this crap about him having an awesome opportunity and having no worries or stress and he should be thankful. ….you are missing the point. People with anxiety disorder CAN NOT control it. It owns you and the best you can hope for is to medicate yourself and hope to get through the day. Go ahead and research its all facts.

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