Royce White: I Would Guess the NBA and Houston Rockets 'Want Me Gone'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2013

Oct 17, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Royce White (30) runs up court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Royce White is at it again.

Speaking with the Huffington Post's Marc Lamont Hill, White revealed that he believes the NBA—the Houston Rockets included—want him "gone:"

If I was to make an educated guess, I would guess that Adam Silver and David Stern and the Rockets organization, some other owners in the league, GMs, want me gone. And why do they want me gone? Because business is about convenience, not about doing what's necessary. It's about cutting overhead... And a lot of times, what's best for us as human beings doesn't meet that criteria for business people.

White's admission comes after a more than three-month debacle that saw him take to Twitter and other outlets, criticizing the Rockets' handling of his anxiety issues.

Once considered a long shot to ever salvage his ties with Houston, White eventually returned to the team via the NBA's Developmental League. However, he has yet to play in an actual game with the Rockets.

Much of what White has to say over these last few months has had some merit, though.

Thus far, the Association is better equipped to handle physical injuries than it is emotional disorders. As a proponent of the league becoming more aware of mental issues and formulating a blueprint on how to handle them, White had the opportunity to be an innovator.

Social media rants aside, malice wasn't intended in his messages. He was an advocate of change, and wouldn't sacrifice his well-being for basketball. His health was bigger than the game.

We should not only accept that, but embrace it.

Yet, the problem wasn't with his intentions, it was with his delivery. Advocating change doesn't justify castigating White, but it also isn't a vessel in which he should use to burn bridges and berate the system.

Upon joining the Rockets, in some capacity, the hope was that White would no longer embody the latter. He would instead serve as symbol, someone who helped breakthrough the barriers currently separating the NBA and the mental condition of its players.

Alas, here we are again.

If White truly feels cast out or stonewalled, there's a channel of communication he needs to go through that doesn't include this. Even if he wants to make his case public, "educated guesses" (accusations?) such these aren't going to help him, his career or his ultimate cause.

We must remember that in White, there is still a young man with a genuine objective, a valuable message that should resonate with the Rockets and the rest of the NBA.

But there's still a problem.

"I'm not afraid to stand alone," White said (via Hill).

That's the query. White shouldn't be actively isolating himself or putting himself in a position to stand alone like he is now.

He should be conducting himself in way that encourages everyone, himself included, to face this together.