Posted October 04, 2012

Royce White wants bus for games, hopes to be back with Rockets in a week

NBA

Royce White refuses to join the Rockets until a long-term health plan is in place for his anxiety disorder. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets’ first round draft pick, Royce White out of Iowa State, said he refuses to join the Rockets until a “long-term health” plan is in place for his anxiety disorder. But he hopes to be back in a week, that is if he can square away a deal to travel by bus for certain games as a way to alleviate his fear of flying, according to Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com:

“What it’s going to look like is every game that’s drivable, I’m going to get a bus for myself,” White said. “And I’m going to make that bus feel like home so that there’s a level of consistency in a job where inconsistency is very apparent because of the schedule. I’m going to try and level that out and make sure that my stress levels stay low and that my rest is regular and that my meals are regular and that as much as I can, draw consistency from a very inconsistent schedule.”

White is willing to purchase the bus himself and assume all liability.

Head coach Kevin McHale said on Monday when White was absent for a media day that he has “no idea” when the former All-American will be back. General manager Daryl Morey said the team is committed to the long-term health of White but gave no timetable for when such a deal would be in place.

White said he’s asking the Rockets organization to help him with his health because he fears “serious consequences” if he doesn’t address his issues now:

“It causes me anxiety to know that serious consequences could happen if I do not express what I deal with, or if I am not truthful enough to ask for what I need to be healthy. For me, hiding is no longer a healthy option in treating my anxiety or OCD, so I have asked for some help from the organization to ensure long-term health for myself.


4 comments
MikeAnderson
MikeAnderson

There is NOO way I would have him as part of the team. You seperate players, you are going to break the continuity

of the team....NEXT!

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It's not really a matter of whether it is ethically acceptable or not, as it definately is.  He isn't bringing his anxiety disorder upon himself, it is important to keep in mind he has an actual lifelong, and medically diagnosed problem, he is not just being a self-centered prima donna.  So he could ask the team for whatever accomodations he wants.

 

Obviously these things still detract from the value he provides to a team, so the team has to consider that in drafting and contract negotiations.  If a player was only marginally good enough to play in the NBA an issue like this would exclude them.  COnsidering that White's bball skills and talents are very impressive and promising, he is certainly worth these problems for his draft position.

 

This guy could easily have been an early first round pick, and probably would have been if not for these issues.  Houston got a massive amount of possible talent for the 15th pick.  They should seriously hire a professional to help manage this guy appropriately because if they can make it work with him they will have a future all-start on their hands.

stanfunky
stanfunky

If you want to be bussing to games, go to the D-League.  The NBA has chartered flights.  White was well aware of this when he applied for the draft and went through the interviews and such.  He should have brought it up there, not after he was drafted.  This falls into 'reasonable accomodations to perform a job' and if you don't bring it up during the hiring process, it may not be accomodated.

cmanley542
cmanley542

 @stanfunky Except he's an NBA player, not a fast food employee. He can ask for whatever he wants, the team is free to say no. It's the equivalent of a rock star asking for only green m&m's in the dressing room, 'reasonable accomodations' don't really apply to athletes and entertainers.