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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  60 responses

Royce White Thinks the NBA and Houston Rockets Want Him Gone


Despite his reinstatement by the Houston Rockets, rookie Royce White has yet to see any game action this season. He seems to believe the NBA, his employer and many others don’t want him in the League because he’s bad for business. Per Huffington Post (via SI): “I went through the bumps and bruises of having to advocate for myself against a billion-dollar corporation. Other than that, I think I’ve actually been successful, if you look at the rate of success, or what could have went wrong. I could have easily been out of the league or blackballed or things like that. But that hasn’t happened yet … I’m a problem because I’m not afraid to say what I think and I’m not afraid to stand alone. Even amongst the NBA community, the players, the union, the NBA office, and [commissioner] David Stern and [deputy commissioner] Adam Silver. I’m not afraid to stand alone in my own circle, and say, hey listen, you guys aren’t respecting mental health … If I was to make an educated guess, I would guess that Adam Silver and David Stern and the Rockets organization, some other owners in the league, GMs, want me gone. And why do they want me gone? Because business is about convenience, it’s not about doing what’s necessary, right? It’s about cutting overhead… Being efficient. And a lot of times, what’s best for us as human beings doesn’t meet that criteria for business people.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    F*ck this clown. Talks way too much for his own good.

  • Da Real

    I’m sick of this dude. Man up and play or keep it moving! I thought the Real Sports piece on HBO would shed more light on the situation, but it only made him look worse. Waste of $$, talent and a distraction. Harsh, but true

  • spit hot fiyah

    let the next Royce White article be after he does something on an NBA court

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    People will come here and talk badly about him and they have no experience with any anxiety disorder. Good for him standing up for himself and others like him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    True, but being a pioneer for this isnt gonna end well for him. Pioneers get credit for getting the ball rolling, but not much else

  • Stainless

    People just want to see him play…

  • Nick

    I’m on this guy’s side, no matter what.

  • shockexchange

    Heck, the Shock Exchange wants him gone. Dude makes more press releases and interviews than buckets. And we held up the bus for three months for this? shh (“shaking his head”)

  • MikeC.

    It almost sounds like he’s trying to intentionally martyr himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clint.boyd.14 Clint Boyd

    maybe he should have thought to pursue another line of work perhaps,maybe a little less stressful?

  • LeroyShonuff

    He’s right. We still have a horrible mindset with mental illness that the person should just shake it off or grow up. While he won’t get the credit he deserves, hopefully he can help shed light on the issue. It is sad that many other stars don’t stand with him. This could shape up and be the NBA’s equivalent of the concussion issue…

  • Anthony Dixon

    He might be right. Just hopes he plays .

  • Anthony Dixon

    yup plus we don’t even know all of the information to judge so to do so is immature.

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  • D_Nuggets

    I think the problem here is that nobody has an issue rejecting players who aren’t physically fit for professional basketball at the highest level, but when it’s a player who is great physically, but has mental health problems, it’s an issue. It’s harsh to say this but I think Royce shouldn’t be in the NBA. I don’t think he can handle it and it’s probably not in HIS best interest either. It’s just sad because obviously he does have the physical gifts Not hating, just making an observation.

  • KoloradoKobe

    All y’all talking about how Royce is an advocate, I gotta ask: does he say anything positive about the NBA or the Rockets at all? Everything is an accusation from him, usually without presenting facts to back it up. If he wants to be a “trailblazer” and an “example”, he should try to be more diplomatic. If he wants to build a bridge, he shouldn’t set it on fire first, you know?

  • Guest

    Royce, nobody cares….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    i agree with this, great point

  • Dave

    Travel is a required part of the NBA. Playing only home games and not flying to and participating in away games would be gimmicky and unfair to all of White’s teammates. I appreciate White’s intellect and talent but he is going to have to conquer his fear and get on that plane if he expects to play one second on the court – home or away. If “being efficient” is White’s take on not getting playing time, I have to wholeheartedly disagree. It’s as simple as: travel required. You can do it White. I’d love to see you play.

  • roscoe

    i’m not knocking RW, but imo he is emotional & what he says is reactionary 2 being uncomfortable. right or wrong, i don’t know.

    the media should do him a favor and not “run” everything he says imo.

    enuf is enuf.

  • roscoe

    Totally agree.

    I mean I completely agree 100 flicking percent.

  • bike

    He’s pretty lucky to have been reinstated at all. Someone without his issues mouthing off as much would be long gone. I have no idea what the real deal is here, but so far, it looks like the Rockets and NBA have bent over backwards for the guy.

  • AndyK415

    Man, and I was pumped when he got drafted because he’s from MN and has MN repping tats all over.

  • initbruv

    Minnesota’s sh*t.

  • initbruv

    Kidding. You guys have Brother Ali and POS repping you still.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I don’t think he cares about getting credit.

  • ousecube

    The only reason the Rockets haven’t cut him is because he’s on a guaranteed deal for this year and next. He should stop criticising those who have made him a millionaire, shut the f*ck up and just play basketball.

  • The Philosopher

    Meh.

  • robb

    unfortunately his mental issues will keep him acting like this this. It’s pretty sad actually

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    You hit it right on the mark great comment.

  • fruizm

    shh hahaha

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I understand standing for something because if you don’t you’ll fall for anything. Yet in the same breath he has to learn how to take some accountability for choosing this path of work. For example, if I know I have a problem handling high stress situations and am nonviolent why would I venture into a field such as a police officer? My point is that he should take responsibility for his choice to even pursue this career instead of trying to strong arm an organization into submitting to your request.

  • alley

    I hope he makes it, I would love to see him posterized

  • pposse

    most of what he ends up saying seems to be his ‘anxiety disorder’ talking. He is probably unaware or not capable of building a bridge.

  • shockexchange

    So fruism is awake today. The Shock Exchange sees you Hoss.

  • Mike

    Royce White needs to man up…. not in the sense where he just sucks it up and plays basketball…but in the sense that this is REALITY….. THE REAL WORLD…. its ALL ABOUT BUSINESS.. unless this is a charity , no employer would want to hire someone who hurts business. Even if he got a job at WAL-MART , if the conditions were too stressful and he needed special arrangements to work , the company would be better off firing him and paying someone else who is capable…..

  • Mike

    Royce White thinks he’s advocating for himself and a greater good for rights for people with mental disabilities. And i am sure he has done quite the OPPOSITE. He has single handedly closed doors and prevented opportunities for others with any kind of mental illness by showing how difficult , and costly it is. People with even milder forms of mental illness will have an even harder time because of him. Royce should work on himself first before he “attempts” to help others… he probably has a lot of money that the Rockets wasted on him, let us see if he takes that money to help his “cause” or if he spends it on himself

  • bike

    Good points. I’m sure the NBA is treading carefully here but who could blame them if they steer clear of future draft hopefuls who have similar issues?

  • Ben Ireland

    I’m no expert but doesn’t paving the way for other mentally ill people to play in the League require him to… y’know, play in the League?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    ‘Man up and play or keep it moving’ you aint never told no lie

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    brandon knight is wishing hard for this

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    for a person who has major anxiety. he isnt afraid to f*ck with huge corporations

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    The Rockets also need to take responsibility for drafting him without apparently doing the work they should have done to find out what they were getting into.

  • roscoe

    stop thinking ben… just listen to RW.

    ur way too logical. way too logical.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    F*ck diplomacy, capitalism sucks and he’s absolutely right about the cut-throat parasitic nature of business.

    That being said… I don’t know what else he’s looking for from Houston. They seem pretty accommodating, all things considered. And they aren’t just picking on him–look at Terrence Jones, their other rookie who doesn’t get any playing time. I’m just glad he’s still with the team.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    then again, we don’t know what the Rockets org does behind closed doors.

  • Chukaz

    This guy’s gotta stfu already. I can see he’s got mental health problems. Anybody with good mental healthy would be able to see that the reason he’s not playing is because he’s got no position and a skill set that doesn’t fit in. He’s too slow and unathletic for a SF and too short and soft for a PF. He’s not good at finishing inside over bigger people and he’s a bad shooter. He’s got good handles and vision, but not better handles and vision than James Harden and Jeremy Lin, whom the rockets just committed close to 110 million dollars to this summer. Where does he fit in? That’s why you don’t play, f*cker. Does he seriously think that all these important people concern themselves with him? Does he think they hold meetings and talk about way to get him off the league? I remember the mini documentary Grandland did about his draft day. No team before the rockets at 18 wanted him. No team after the rockets at 18 wanted him. They thought he was gonna go in the 2nd round. The Rockets’ organization was split on weather to take him or not. He’s a marginal NBA player. He’s like a loud mentally unstable Joe Alexander.

  • Ben Ireland

    You’re right… I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have pretended to be a doctor.

  • KingBenjamin

    With attitude like this, why would the commissioner and owners want a player that takes playing in the NBA for granted.

  • 80

    Man, after reading this BSO article…crazy

  • LeroyShonuff

    I agree but mental illness isn’t being out of shape or a disability like a deformed arm. He has the gifts, but he does need the help to perform. But I do agree with your point

  • apostrophess

    Shut up retard.

  • Canesta

    if you don’t like capitalism then move to Greece, we’ll see how much you like socialism then…

  • http://www.facebook.com/haav.bline Haav Bline

    I completely agree with you. He is really bad news for other innocent people with similar problems.

  • EP

    Just to set the record straight, Greece does not running a socialist system. It’s a very capitalistic country and the people running the country are cutting normal government benefits (retirement money, etc.) to such a point that elderly people who worked their entire life and paid taxes for decades now have to look to other people to help them eat day to day.

  • danpowers

    hm maybe rw is a good example now of how the league should treat people with mental issues. first thing to learn from his case is to forbid him giving interviews for the sake of his own image

  • http://www.facebook.com/SuingTheDevil Susan Dizon

    This guy just needs JESUS CHRIST

  • Initbruv

    All of the countries in the western world are some hybrid of socialism
    and capitalism. It’s just a matter of how they utilize both. Neither system will ever go away. Capitalism is the
    engine they use, and then they temper that with socialism to minimize
    the predictable negative effects of capitalism: inequality, greed, worker abuse,
    etc. Stop getting your talking points from simpleton politicians and talking heads.

  • Jersey Shore

    Entitlements is what brings us down. Royce White thinks he is entitled to something here. If he is that good, some other team can pick him up in a trade and accomodate him better than the Rockets. (I think the Rockets have done more than is necessary.) We all deal with the laws of supply and demand. At the moment, there is no demand for his services. Anyone who chooses professional sports as a career better think twice because the probability of making it is less than 1 percent. He should have focused on an alternative career if he knew ahead of time of his anxieties. Traveling together with your team is expected in professional sports. Put Up or Shut Up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    He clearly wants credit because he’s said countless times that he doesnt care if he even gets his chance to play in the nba but he just wants to change the way they do business

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