Royce White waived 76ers - NBA career over?
Old 10-26-2013, 05:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This guys career thus far has been a mess...and you can't just blame it on his mental illness either. Bad altitude and he couldnt even make aNBA team that has zero talent.

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The NBA career of Royce White has been a complicated one, to put it mildly. A star in his lone season as a member of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Iowa State Cyclones, White entered the draft in 2012 and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 16th pick. It was a potential steal if not for White's openness regarding his struggles with an anxiety disorder, it's possible that he would have been one of the first five picks in the draft. Big forwards with passing, rebounding, and scoring skills don't come along very often.

Unfortunately, White never found much common ground with the Rockets. Despite early signs that he and the team had reached an agreement on how to deal with his anxiety and fear of flying, White missed training camp (which, it should be said, was not thought to be a huge problem at the time), got into several disagreements with the team regarding what he perceived as their refusal to treat his mental health issues effectively, was suspended for "refusal to provide services" stipulated by his contract, and finally took his D-League assignment. Their relationship ended this summer, when the Rockets traded White to the Philadelphia 76ers.

There has been hope that White would earn a spot on a Sixers roster desperate for any NBA-level talent it can find. However, as reported by Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News, Sam Moore of Calkins Media, and Elliott Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, White was waived by the team on Thursday as part of its last cuts before their season opener next Wednesday.

The news comes as something of a surprise. As recently as the early hours of Thursday morning, Jason Wolf of USA Today indicated that White seemed likely to make the team based on head coach Brett Brown's hopeful words about White's future and the player's own business-like approach to his future with the franchise. However, Moore tweeted the excellent point that, with so few talented players on the roster and several players out for at least a couple months, the Sixers would need to employ people they could count on to play in as many games as possible, particularly if they were to continue to employ Kwame Brown for reasons only they seem to understand. White, for all his talent, has not yet proven that he can be that kind of player, and the Sixers may have wanted more of a sure thing.

That said, it's as yet unclear exactly how much White's anxiety disorder played into this decision. Cooney, for one, believes that the biggest factor in his dismissal could have been his attitude, noting his ejection from a preseason game against this Monday. While ejections in meaningless games are not typically the biggest deal in the world when a player has lots of talent, it's true that White likely has a narrower margin of error than most players. For that matter, he has appeared to want to succeed in the NBA on his own terms, which is a perfectly valid stance in general but not always popular in a sports league that expects players to conform to its standard operating procedure. NBA teams have proven quite adept at avoiding any potential controversy or unwanted media attention. White, fairly or not, is a player who could complicate things for the Sixers.

It is possible that another team will sign White (or that the Sixers will bring him back on a D-League deal), but a safer bet would be that he will have to prove himself at a lower level of competition first. Philadelphia traded "future considerations" for White, which would suggest that he was available to anyone who wanted him. After failing to make the roster of a team that could threaten the worst record in league history, it would seem that White's reputation is at an all-time low. He will probably need to play in the D-League or overseas if he wants to work his way back to the best league in the world.
Or maybe White should spend some time considering if he even wants to play professional basketball. Since he was drafted by the Rockets, White has been very honest about his problems with NBA culture and the ways in which he wishes it were different. After failing to find a lasting home with two franchises, it's possible that he's just not a good fit for this employer-employee relationship. Recognizing as much would not be an admission of failure, but simply an acknowledgement that he, as a person, does not need the greatest possible success in basketball to validate his life.

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Old 10-26-2013, 06:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I genuinely dislike this guy, and have been since he was drafted. He's an attention w and a drama queen feeding of social media. How bout displaying some basketball skills for once?
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The insensitivity of basketball fans towards this man's mental illness continues to surprise me.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I genuinely dislike this guy, and have been since he was drafted. He's an attention w and a drama queen feeding of social media. How bout displaying some basketball skills for once?
Hmmmm, what's with most of the lithuanian posters around here? Constant agression and testosterone driven posts.......get a grip!
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, what's with most of the lithuanian posters around here? Constant agression and testosterone driven posts.......get a grip!
Just an opinion.

The man had a chance to be an NBA player,instead he became a twitter "celebrity".

You like him? Tell me your non-testosterone driven opinion.
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Wait..he's afraid of flying, is a phobia really a mental illness??
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Wait..he's afraid of flying, is a phobia really a mental illness??
he has anxiety
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The man had a chance to be an NBA player,instead he became a twitter "celebrity".
I fully agree with this and I'm not even Lithuanian!
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Yes
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Just an opinion.

The man had a chance to be an NBA player,instead he became a twitter "celebrity".

You like him? Tell me your non-testosterone driven opinion.
I don't like or dislike him. What did he do, dump you at the prom? Bang your GF? What?
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he has anxiety
Give him a pill and a sleeping mask before each flight and call it a day lol.

Sorry but unless he plays as good as a young Amare, no one will take on the trouble. IMO
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:17 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't like or dislike him. What did he do, dump you at the prom? Bang your GF? What?
Hey I'm a Rockets fan aswell I'm glad Morey managed to dump him, great move. Now you seem like you'd sign him to a 6 mil deal
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Hey I'm a Rockets fan aswell I'm glad Morey managed to dump him, great move. Now you seem like you'd sign him to a 6 mil deal
You got that from me saying I don't like or dislike him? Have another red bull.
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I think his playing career is over. Playing somewhere like Turkey or Greece would be more anxiety inducing for him, and I get the impression he isn't interested in the D-League.

He seems like a smart enough guy that it isn't the end of the world if he doesn't play basketball professionally.
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I don't like or dislike him. What did he do, dump you at the prom? Bang your GF? What?
You need to grow up dude.
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You got that from me saying I don't like or dislike him? Have another red bull.
Hey, you are one of the most respected posters here, and you make frigging great points. You, Bill and Ball don't lie are awesome and I'll love you to death, but I do not like Royce and that's never gonna change
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He is a bit undersized, but I like his game, I think he could be good nba player. He did fly with the team before, there's still hope that he can overcome his anxiety.
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