What a mess.
Royce White is having a difficult time transitioning to life at the pro level, and the Houston Rockets may be already regretting selecting the versatile forward in the first round.
It’s still early, but White has already been sent to the D-League, though his failure to show up at practice as left Rockets fans wondering if this guy will ever be able to truly compete in the NBA.
White’s anxiety problems are well-documented, but Houston flat out said they would do everything in their power as an organization to make the rookie feel comfortable. Obviously that hasn’t happened, and the Rockets are suddenly feeling like they may have wasted a precious draft pick.
In college, White was an absolute beast. He was the standout player for Iowa State, averaging 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his final season for the school. White has great size, yet is still a terrific passer and a great playmaker.
Houston was hoping White could shake off his personal problems to fit in with the team, but it just hasn’t worked out that well. Yet to play one minute for the Rockets in the regular season, we’re wondering if we’ll ever see the rookie make it onto the court.
It’s been said that White will soon meet with Rockets GM Daryl Morey to discuss what’s happened, but the under-fire rookie has also already stated that he has no qualms about quitting should he continue to get “discriminated” against for his anxiety disorder.
However you spin it, this is one headache that the Rockets were hoping to avoid. It’s too late now though. Some kind of resolution has to be made, or this thing’s only going to get uglier.
Despite this ongoing saga, the Rockets are hoping to move on with James Harden and Jeremy Lin as the future of the team. You should stay away with your NBA picks for now, but keep tracking Houston, even if White doesn’t make it back into the league.