NBA's Houston Rockets Threaten to Fine Royce White; Send Him to D-League

Royce White's troubles with the Houston Rockets continue.

The Houston Rockets have sent Royce White to the D-League and threatened to fine him if he misses another practice or an appointment with the team's doctor and the former ISU Cyclone basketball standout Royce White doesn't seem happy about it.

He's sent out a number of tweets suggesting the team doesn't have his health at heart.

"I'm not saying anything negative about @HoustonRockets Im saying what I will and won't stand for. Last Thing: #Mentalillness look it up," one tweet states.

The NBA team assigned White, the 16th draft pick, to the Rockets NBA Development League and according to one blogger plan to fine White if he misses any additional team practices or games.

White missed some training sessions earlier this year while he was working out an agreement due to his anxiety disorder which is exacerbated by flying.

White released a statement Tuesday night available at USA Today:

"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."

Reports on the Ultimate Rockets Houston Chronicle blog report that the team plans to fine White for every day he remains away from the team or fails to attend therapy sessions.

White missed practices on Sunday, Tuesday and Monday’s game against the Heat, according to the blog.

White has tweeted that he made the team aware of every absense.

" To be clear!, my only reason for publicly speaking is b/c YOU were lead to think I was AWOL, False. The communication has been loud n clear," White tweeted.

Another Tweet on Royce White ‏@Highway_30's feed states

"I informed the #Rockets of every practice I was going to miss. There were no unexplained misses."


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Carver Nebbe November 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
My impression is that there has been failure to communcate and accept the expectations and needs of each party. White does need to attend these practices. Despite the fact that he has an anxiety disorder (and thisis speaking as a psychiatrist), this is what he has signed up for going to the NBA. Certainly, the Rockets are foolish if they don't develop a plan to make practice and planning work for White, but when it comes down to it, professional sports is about you making it in an amazingly difficult environment. There's no obligatory treatment for a disability.
Jessica Miller November 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Well I hope he makes it.
Carver Nebbe November 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I hope he makes it too... I really hope that somehow he's brought in someone to give him good advice through this all!


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