Houston Rockets rookie power forward Royce White suffers from anxiety disorder, fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder which is why the team agreed to workout a plane for White to deal with his disorders and fears while also keeping him ready to go for games and practices.
The arrangement between the Rockets and White which was made was to have White fly only to certain games and then take a bus to the others that were close in distance to where the team would be. For instance to begin the season White flew with his team from Houston to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons because of the lengthy distance and then traveled by bus to the next few road games versus the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies.
Now the 16th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft has essentially gone AWOL after not appearing for the Rockets’ Monday night loss to the Miami Heat, the team’s Tuesday practice or their shoot around prior to Wednesday night’s game versus the New Orleans Hornets. There has been word as to when or if White will rejoin the team from either the Rockets or White himself but recently White tweeted on his verified Twitter account that the Rockets have been “inconsistent” with helping him.
White has yet to see any type of playing time this season and that could also be a partial factor in to him being absent from the team along with the 6’8″, 260 pound forward feeling that the team isn’t doing all they can to assist him with this situation. The Rockets organization will fine White for everyday that he remains away from the team or fails to meet with his therapist according to the Houston Chronicle.