I tire of this Royce White saga more than anything because he doesn’t seem to listen to anybody. While I admire him for sticking with his beliefs, it might do him a little good to, at least, listen to people who actually are trying to help him. Instead, he calls everyone “anxiety troopers” and tells people to “be well.”
Now he’s saying that he may never play in the NBA simply because there are no protocols in place. Whatever that is. Here’s the Houston Chronicle with his words when he was asked about playing in the league:
“I think that the chances are very high,” White said in an interview on Sirius/XM radio. “And I say that just like I said before the draft that the chances were very high that I didn’t even get drafted. Because business in America, as we all know, is about one thing and that’s convenience and efficiency. And oftentimes what the efficient thing to do is not the healthiest thing to do, right? That’s why we still sell cigarettes. It wouldn’t shock me if we couldn’t be logical and say a protocol is needed because it’ll be the hard thing to do. If that’s the case then so be it. I stand on what I say and I refuse to put myself in a hazardous situation to play a sport.”
Royce White was supposed to be on his way back to the NBA until he refused a D-League assignment from the Rockets, part of Houston’s plan to work him back into the team. Until he cooperates with them, there really is no way for him to play in the NBA. While he keeps mentioning about protocols and anxiety troopers, White was never specific about anything. He was always vague about his complaints and he was always vague about what “the doctors recommend him doing.”
I don’t know what White’s plan is and, quite frankly, it screams more immaturity to me if he keeps playing this game. He’s only 21 years old and I don’t know why going to the D-League would suddenly make him go bonkers. I really, really want to support Royce White and he can be a champion for mental health if he gets back in the NBA and is able to use that platform. Until then, all we’re going to see is vague statements about how the NBA is not helping him and that no one will ever know the truth.
We would if you would just tell us the truth, Royce.