Rockets not living up to promise to help deal with anxiety disorder – Royce White
Royce White laid open his weaknesses, trusting that that the Houston Rockets will help him cope with anxiety disorders (fear of flying) after the team determined that he was worth the risk and drafted the former Iowa forward with a first round pick this summer. Initially, both sides appeared to have an understanding after Royce White held out of training camp to negotiate the terms of travel to the Houston Rockets’ road games. However, there now seems to be a growing rift between them, with Royce White claiming that the Houston Rockets have been "inconsistent" in its agreement to help him deal with his anxiety disorder.
The Houston Rockets struck a deal with their overall Royce White that will allow him to travel to road games by bus as a means of overcoming his fear of flying as well as obsessive compulsive disorder on the long-haul. Royce White travelled by air for the Houston Rockets’ season opener in Detroit and then had his way travelling by bus for the games at Atlanta and Memphis.
However, Royce White remained absent during Houston Rockets’ home game against the Miami Heat and couldn’t be found at team practice on Tuesday.
Houston Rockets general manager addressed the situation Tuesday night, stating to the media that “is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”
However, Royce White’s statement traced back the issue to his anxiety disorders and flying routine.
“In hindsight,” Royce White said in a statement, “perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets.
“As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress, but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”
While Royce White had never tried to conceal his off-court issues, the Houston Rockets still drafted him with the 16th overall pick after he topped all Division I teams, averaging the most scoring points (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), blocks (0.9 per game) and steals (1.2 per game) last year.
After the travelling agreement he developed during training camp with the Houston Rocketswnet sour, Royce White claimed that contrary to rumors, he “most defiantly not AWOL" and the team is aware of his cause of absence.
“Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league,” added Royce White, “the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”