Royce White was drafted by Houston last year, but he never suited up. Battling an anxiety disorder, White has a fear of flying, and couldn’t reach an agreement, and after an ugly battle, he was traded to the Sixers to clear space for Dwight Howard. Unsure whether he will ever play for an NBA team, White attended Philadelphia’s Media Day anyways. As for the first preseason game against the Thunder in Manchester, England, White didn’t fly with the team according to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“It really was just based on our team doctor giving me and [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] and the club advice that it may be best for him to remain at home,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said of White’s absence. “You know we are with him. We will support and help him.”
It will be interesting to see if White plays in the NBA, but the bigger concern is for his well being. I doubt any team wants him to play just home games, and he won’t be able to ride a bus everywhere. White is trying to bring awareness to mental disorders, and that’s admirable, but I don’t know if the NBA is the best place for something like that. We wish Royce luck.