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    Rockets seek answers as White goes missing

    Indeed, as a mid-first round pick, there were high hopes that Royce White could ably compete in the NBA this season, despite the widespread acknowledgement and acceptance of the anxiety disorder that he has lived with for years. Now, the relationship between White and Rockets management has devolved into a series of back-and-forth accusations that appears far from finished.

    In early October, White let it be known that he preferred to take a bus to Rockets road games, rather than have to confront his intense fear of flying. But apparently things haven't been kosher between White and the team for some time now, and when management tried to demote White to the D-League on Monday, he was unreachable, missing a game later that night as well as practice on Tuesday.

    Here's the initial report from the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen:

    Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, however, said there have been "internal repercussions which I'm not going to talk about."

    More foreboding, Alexander's confidence in White's long-term prospects seemed shaken since his enthusiasm with White's potential during the summer league in Las Vegas.

    "That's tenuous," Alexander said. "It's tough to talk about something like that. I think we're going to handle it internally. If he doesn't work out, well, it's tough to lose a draft choice."

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    [Kelvin] Sampson, serving as Rockets head coach with Kevin McHale on a leave of absence, directed questions to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, but Morey did not respond to messages although issued this statement: "Royce is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward."

    "I'm not sure," Sampson said when asked why White did not attend practice. "I haven't talked to Daryl. I didn't realize he (White) wasn't here today until we got to practice. I'm not sure what's wrong right now. We talked to Scott and D-Mo last night. Royce wasn't at the game last night as far as I know."

    White and his agent, Andrew Vye, did not return messages seeking comment.

    Morey has often pointed out that White's anxiety issues had not caused him to miss games or practices at Iowa State. With the Rockets, however, he has already missed a week of training camp and several practices, though it was not clear if Tuesday's absence was related to his anxiety disorder.

    On Tuesday night, as speculation began to grow about what was transpiring, White released a statement through his publicist, denying that the D-League demotion was the cause behind his absence:

    In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder, due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets. As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship. At this point the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my absence. Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me. It is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights. It is a player-commodity league. The failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.

    There's a lot more to come from this, but it's clear the Rockets are already posturing to cover their ***, disclosing that White has already missed several practices and kickstarting the narrative that he's become, at best, unreliable. At worst, there's an implication here that White's using his anxiety disorder as an excuse for avoiding demotion. White, for his part, has been quick and proactive (some would even argue he's been too vocal) to rebut the Rockets' claims and, instead, push the counter-narrative that the team has failed in its assurances to him.
    http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket...do-motiejunas/
    Last edited by spreadeagle; 11-14-2012 at 09:54 AM.

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    I have severe anxiety, have a fear of flying, and have frequent panic attacks. I can relate to him. I gotta say, though, it is a bad excuse to be such a headcase because of it.

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    I don't know what hes going through because I can't relate. But from my standpoint of ignorance to the situation, I'm thinking "See a shrink, get your *** on the plane, start helping your team and earn your money.

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    Tough situation for the Rockets White has alot of talent but you cant have a guy not show up to games and practices whenever he has a attack,That does not set a good example throughout the rest of the team.Now he doesnt even let the team now when hes not showing up.

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    Rockets knew what they were getting with the pick, it was an extremely high risk. Dude just cant be relied upon

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    If your personal issues stop you from doing a certain job. Find another line of work. How did white handle college ball?

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    This is a tough situation. I hope both parties can reach an agreement and that we get to see this kid reach his full potential soon.
    Why did the chicken cross the basketball court?
    Because he heard the refs were blowing fowls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamShaker View Post
    I have severe anxiety, have a fear of flying, and have frequent panic attacks. I can relate to him. I gotta say, though, it is a bad excuse to be such a headcase because of it.
    It really does suck. Feels like you're having a heart attack, everything goes black, heart beating outside your chest, feeling completely dizzy almost falling over yourself...the worst feeling in the world. But I agree, he needs to screw his head on and deal with it a little better
    Quote Originally Posted by heimdog8 View Post
    I didn't want to throw this information out here. I was a 3 year varsity starter at QB in high school. I played quarterback in junior college as well. I was considering playing division 1 football as well but chose to pursue my career in business instead. However, currently I am helping train with Derek Carr from Fresno State get ready for his pro day and the draft. I am also working with Cody Kessler, the USC quarterback.

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    lol im sorry but this is some funny bull ****.


    Yall let me slip?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderposting View Post
    lol im sorry but this is some funny bull ****.


    For some reason - your post made me laugh - not the actual topic.

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    White is proving to be a cry baby. He'll be like this his entire career.

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    They should just pay him half a salary and let him only play home games. lol.

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    He will be fine with Ativan IM.

    The Rockets should have done their research before selecting him.

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    ^ They did, thought he was worth the risk...

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    smoke a blunt and relax pusy

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