Only a couple of weeks ago, the Houston Rockets and Royce White ironed out the key issues, that have kept the team’s 16th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft down to a total of zero appearances this season.
White has been one of the most talked about players in the league this season, without having played a single game in the NBA.
When the Rockets drafted the talented forward, they knew the risks of recruiting White, who suffers from anxiety disorders. The Rockets assigned him to the D-League, but White refused to take the assignment, citing the lack of mental health protocols as the reason for his decline.
Most people have very different opinions on White at this point. Some are understanding and agree with his reasoning, while others have come to dislike him for his refusal to play.
However, it now seems that most of the issues are in the past and both the Rockets and White are excited about the future. When possible, he will be traveling to games by bus, due to his fear of flying.
White recently passed his medical and is expected to make his D-League debut tonight. He will be representing Houston’s affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who take on the Maine Red Claws at 8 PM ET tonight.
The long absence from the game raises question marks regarding White’s current physical shape, as he himself said that he only really played basketball once a week in his time away from the court.
While the Rockets’ fan base is surely split on White’s attitude, there is no denying that he is very talented. He is mostly regarded as a point forward type of a player, with great physical attributes and terrific court vision.
Vytis is an NBA columnist for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter for the latest news and updates: @VytisLasaitis