Daryl Morey the general manager of the Houston Rockets issued a statement earlier today on Rockets player Royce White.
“Royce is not available right now, Morey said. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”
White was a no show on Monday night when the Rockets narrowly lost to the Miami Heat. He has also missed practices and the Rockets have neither fined, nor mentioned if White will be excused for these absences.
It was reported after Monday’s game that the Rockets would be sending Scott Machado, Donatas Motiejunas, and Royce White down to the NBA Development League.
According to the Houston Chronicle, White did not attend Tuesday’s practice with the Rockets, and nobody seems to know why. At this point the Rockets have not commented on White’s participation in the D-League, but have made contact with Machado and Motiejunas.
As many already know, White suffers from an anxiety disorder that has forced the Rockets to communicate differently when commenting on White. They have continued to stick by him, and are working closely in an effort to further progress White’s career in the NBA.
It’s an odd situation that has fans completely perplexed. Royce has yet to play this season, and has been put on the inactive list multiple times already.
When Rockets forward Marcus Morris was asked if he had spoken to White about his own D-League experience, Morris exclaimed White had not been in practice for at least three days.
Since White hasn’t been a part of the rotation yet, the distraction may not be as severe as one may expect.
It will be important for White to straighten out his issues, and play significant minutes in the D-League. It’s an essential time for progression, and White has already missed one week of training camp, and several days of practice.
It’s unclear if anxiety has anything to do with the latest disappearing act by White, but the Rockets will continue to find chemistry with or without his services.
The owner of the Rockets, Mr. Leslie Alexander was not shy about sharing his thoughts on the Royce White situation, as he addressed the media.
“If he doesn’t work out, it’s tough to lose a draft choice.”