Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Royce White’s anxiety and attitude problems are causing a major ruckus in Houston.
According to the Houston Chronicle, White has displayed frustration over his playing time:
White has not played in any game this season and has been on the inactive list for the past four games. Morey told White in those meetings that other players had earned playing time before him. White, however, argued that he was not given enough opportunity to demonstrate that he could earn a place in the rotation, increasingly saying the Rockets were holding his anxiety disorder against him and that he was being treated as a commodity, a position he has repeated in tweets following Tuesday’s reports about White missing practices.
White was absent from practices on Saturday and Tuesday and did not attend Monday’s game against the Miami Heat.
Currently, White is being fined for each day he is away from the team and for failing to attend therapy sessions with a specialist the Rockets have arranged for him.
As if things could not get worse, White issued a statement (via Houston Chronicle) on Tuesday discussing his openness about his anxiety disorder, adding that the Rockets were using his disorder against him:
At this point, the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my 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—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.
While his potential and skills allowed him to become a lottery pick, he is not off to a great start in Houston. There is no doubt that executives and scouts around the league are taking notice to his actions before even playing in a regular-season game.
White still has plenty of time to correct his mistakes, but consistent drama like this will make it hard for him to stick in the league.