Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
It has been reported that the Houston Rockets have officially assigned Royce White to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
This was reported by TNT reporter David Aldridge, who tweeted “Royce White’s D-League assignment part of “multi-week” plan to work him back into organization, per source. Practiced With Rockets this week.”
It has also been reported that he will have to get back into game shape before White can get on the court for the Vipers. I don’t expect to see him back in the NBA this season after everything that happened since the season started. White will be playing to show his worth to the Rockets and the rest of the NBA for next season.
White was the 16th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. His anxiety and off the court issues have always been a hot topic surrounding him and it has been no different so far in his NBA career. He has yet to play a professional basketball game outside of preseason play.
Royce has been fighting the Rockets for supposedly not meeting his demands on his anxiety issues. It has not been reported on what has changed his mind but I am hopeful he can turn it around.
I was once one of his biggest fans that turned into one of his biggest critics. It’s time to show the world what you can do, Mr. White. Like I’ve said many times before, it’s time to man up, ball up, and be a hero to the anxiety trooper movement.
“If he doesn’t work out, then it’s tough to lose a draft choice,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in November.