Rockets rookie Royce White has been honest about his struggle with an anxiety disorder. But due to White’s continued, unexcused absences from the team, the organization appears to be losing its will to deal with White. Frustrated with a lack of minutes, White now says he’s considering walking away from the League entirely, stating that his health comes before “the art of the business.” From ESPN.com: “Speaking in an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, White said he was going to meet with general manager Daryl Morey on Monday to discuss his situation with the team. ‘I’d rather tell them on the front end and be honest and transparent and never play again for that than allow me to become one of the stories because I wasn’t able to communicate,’ White said. White has remained absent from the team in a dispute over how the Rockets are helping him confront his anxiety disorder. ‘We all look at the stories that happen later and go, ‘Man, you just wish this guy was able to communicate his problems,” White said. ‘Or you wish somebody would just’ve talked to him and wished that the communication would’ve been there. Well now the communication’s there and there’s still a problem, right? That means the problem isn’t us. The problem is the art of the business, right? At no point will I compromise my health in the interest of business.’ Asked if he was sure he would give up his NBA career in the interest of openness and honesty, White replied, ‘If that’s what it means.'”
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