"I do know the Rockets have set up mental health appointments for Royce every single day since he's been here, and he hasn't been to one yet." - Matt Bullard
As Tre4ISU said, Royce is highly intelligent and to a certain extent this appears, on the surface, as highly calculated toward some end game. That may or may not involve basketball.
If I had somebody close to me with anxiety disorder - I wouldn't want them looking to this some sort of awareness campaign or model.
I would believe at some point accountability and responsibility are necessary for progression. I think no matter what the Rockets have done already or would have done - wouldn't have been enough for Royce. It's easier for me to blame someone else for not properly embracing or assisting with my anxiety compared to me actually being accountable for my lack of control over the disease.
After hearing some of the comments attributed to Royce it seems like he's making demands that somebody with 5-7 years of success in the league would demand. There is no way that the Houston Rockets organization would invest as much money into him with his contract and not be willing to work with him to see him succeed. Maybe he's been listening to the wrong people and his publicist isn't doing him any favors. He needs to get some perspective because if he doesn't the Houston Rockets are going to say the hell with him he's just not worth the trouble and the one who will lose out is Royce White.
As a 21 year old with my own share of mental health problems I couldn't imagine doing what he's doing. I manage to quietly march along without expecting the world to bend to my own ****. So I'm kind of with Erik when he says most of us would not self-aggrandize in this manner to begin with.
*This is coming from someone who believes that mental disorders (ADHD and such) are largely overdiagnosed.
Do you guys think Royce could play a game on an aircraft carrier?
I love Royce but he's gotta cool it on the tweeting. He's picking a fight with anyone and everyone talking bad about anxiety. He's gotta let that stuff slide and just worry about himself.
This is not going to end well for White. Sure, he let all the teams know about his disorder, but he also INSISTED that it would not be a problem. It sounds like the owner is already preparing fans for him to never see the floor in Houston and if what Bullard says is true, there is no excuse. THere was also no excuse to not be in shape an no excuse for missing training camp. I thought he was supposed to have one of the best agents in the biz? Certainly doesn't seem like it.
Royce White at odds with Rockets over flying - Yahoo! Sports
here's yahoo story pretty much same as every other link.
Im so angry that Royce is having trouble like this. I thought maybe that he was going to be able to deal with his disorder and play basketball Last year he seemed fine, but something has gone wrong.
There's people out there with worse disorders believe it or not guys. They go through life dealing with similar things to Royce. You have cases where it affects performance, but most people deal with it. Royce isn't. Going public about it like this makes him look like an ***.
He'll be out of Houston after this year.