Royce was a great cyclone his one year here..but my opinion of him is really going downhill fast here. He could at least make it look like he gives a **** about what the Rockets are trying to do for him, instead he's just making himself look like an *** and a horrible mistake. Which is sad considering his immense talent and personality when he was here.
I really hope that Royce gets his issues sorted out. He has the opportunity to use his platform to spread understanding of his condition, but the hard reality is that he has to take care of the platform first.
This is sad. I didn't want to see this happen. Hope he can get right with himself first. Then the rockets.
I think a visit with Dr. Drew is in order for Royce.
Seriously though, I would imagine Fred has been in contact with him, along with Royce's support staff behind the scenes. I think the fight or flight defense mechanism has kicked in and rational thought has gone out the window, and he is in the fight for his professional life in regards to basketball and it is his way or the highway to avoid. I can appreciate he doesn't want to be thought of just a number but as a human.
Did McHale taking LOA cause this to blow up, or has it been simmering behind the scenes and when McHale left the Rockets decided to make the move and push him off to the d-league so they didn't have to deal with him?
If things don't improve Fred Hoiberg is looking like a true miracle worker.
I agree with what someone else said, Royce would have been first team pre-season All American and ISU would have been picked right up with KU and starting in the top 15-20 if he had come back. Who knows how much, if any of this would have surfaced at ISU. Instead we were picked 8th out of 10 in front of two horrible teams when clearly given the strength of the newcomers already 4th-6th is much more realistic.
From the very little I've been following the situation, Royce seems quite selfish. Seems as if the Rockets have done WAY more than expected to facilitate him.
I've seen him tweet that he likes his bus driver... so they've at least provided a bus
Like I said, I have been paying very little attention to details on this story, so I could be completely wrong, but to me it seems like Royce keeps wanting more and more and more when the Rockets have gone out of their way to help.
I sympathize with Royce, but this won't work.
Everyone has issues but they are the employee's issues, not the employer's. Employer has moral obligations to accomodate these issues to a reasonable degree but are not obliged to fully accomodate these issues.
(Still devils advocate role here)
I think it's becoming more and more clear that he should have stayed at ISU another year or even more.