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Royce White is clearly a good guy, yet he remains polarizing. What is it exactly that he wants from fans, the NBA, the Rockets, and America? Reading a recent interview between White and Dave Zirin of The Nation, we’re still not 100 percent sure.
When the Rockets took Iowa State’s Royce White in the first round of the NBA Draft last year, the potential was there for one of sports’ great feel-good stories. To say it hasn’t materialized so far is an understatement. Today, though, we got the first bit of good Rockets-White news in a while. Hopefully it sticks.
Welcome to the latest episode of the NBA’s worst drama, Royce White Collar. In today’s episode, the Houston Rockets suspend White for breach of contract and Royce goes on Twitter and acts a fool. I think this show has run of out of ideas.
Royce White’s struggle with anxiety disorder has become Royce White and the Houston Rockets struggle with anxiety disorder, then Royce White’s struggle with the Houston Rockets and anxiety disorder. Now, White may be adding basketball fans to the list of obstacles in his path to having a successful NBA career.
What was once an uplifting story about a man overcoming obstacles to live his NBA dream has now turned into a nightmarish he said-she said battle of wills. Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first round draft pick, publicly acknowledged his anxiety disorder in a documentary over the summer, and it seemed like the Rockets organization had a plan to deal with it and unleash his vast wealth of talent.
It’s hard not to root for Royce White. Knowing he has an anxiety disorder, seeing how it affected him on draft day, it’s clear that whatever he achieves in the NBA won’t come easily – not even traveling to away games.
A few weeks ago, Grantland’s YouTube Channel broadcasted a wonderful documentary detailing former Iowa State University standout Royce White’s crippling anxiety issues – something that nearly derailed his entire basketball career before it even got started.