Royce White appears to be a sucker for controversy.
Following the Houston Rockets' 107-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to force a Game 6, White decided to do something he hasn't done all season: support his team. Only his backing came at the expense of Kevin Durant.
Are you kidding me?
Not only has White failed to appear in an actual NBA game all season, but he has spent the better part of the year lobbying for some respect from the league and the Rockets. Now, here he is taking shots at one of the most valuable players in the league.
Other tweets immediately followed as White attempted to defend himself against the notion of "at least Durant played":
It's ironic that White was telling his followers to relax, because that's the same advice I would have offered to him.
White isn't playing, isn't a part of Houston's comeback and hasn't given any indication that he is actually, or even wanted to be, a part of the team all season. It's not his place to ridicule the Thunder.
Apparently, it wasn't the social-media sphere's place to respond to White's comments either. He made it perfectly clear that he could do whatever he wanted:
White does have a point, though: He can do or say whatever he pleases. He also had a another point: He's a "spectator." Not an active member of his team or their potential to make history—a spectator. And he would be wise to remember his current place—away from the team, off the court.
Reinforcing this reality wouldn't likely do much, though. He's not going to change. Or at least, that's what he said:
Do ppl ACTUALLY think if they tweet enough I'm going to change? "Never change when you're winning." Say what I want...#FreedomOfSpeech— Royce White (@Highway_30) May 2, 2013
White doesn't have to change—that's his right. But he should be showing more respect to Durant and the Thunder, the team that put the Rockets in a 3-0 hole in the first place. There's no reason for him to be taking proverbial jabs at Oklahoma City or its best player. That's a right he hasn't earned.
He doesn't need to stand idly by if he wants to support "his team," but he shouldn't be backing them like this. Why take a shot directly at Durant? What does that show besides idiocy?
Was Royce White out of line with his initial comment?
You don't attack the second-best player in the game who is doing everything he can to help lead his suddenly short-handed team to a win. I know that might be a foreign concept to White, but if we're expected to accept and honor his stance on mental health in the NBA workplace, he should at least prove that he's someone worth listening to.
Playing the part of a misguided child on Twitter won't do that. Then again, perhaps we should go easy on White. After all, this is the most "playing" he's done all season.