Houston Rockets Suspend Royce White

By Kyle Adams

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have suspended Royce White for “refusing to provide services” required by his contract. Last week White refused to accept an NBA D-League assignment.

“The Houston Rockets have suspended Royce White effective immediately for refusing to provide services as requires by his Uniform Player Contract. We will continue to work with Royce to hopefully come to a resolution.”

GM Daryl Morey said today he will continue to work with White to try and sort everything out as quickly as possible. They both have stated they need each other in other interviews and White has said he only wants to play for the Rockets. Morey stated he has no intentions of getting rid of White.

“Threat, Fines, Suspension won’t deter me,” White said via Twitter on Sunday. “I won’t accept illogical health decisions, I will keep asking for safety & health.”

“Again the Houston Rockets management has gone against what THEIR OWN docs have declared & their own words.”

“Not refusing D-League I’m refusing to work, AT ALL, until a protocol is put in that ensures safety.. Doctors should make medical decisions.”

The first thought that comes to mind is finally. This has been going on since training camp. It seems almost every other day the situation changes. Lately he has seemed more open and cooperative with his situation but has also stated the chances of him never playing in the NBA as “very high.”

“I think that the chances are very high. Business in America, as we all know, is about one thing and that’s convenience and efficiency. And oftentimes what the efficient thing to do is not the healthiest thing to do, right “It wouldn’t shock me if we couldn’t be logical and say a protocol is needed because it’ll be the hard thing to do. If that’s the case then so be it. I stand on what I say and I refuse to put myself in a hazardous situation to play a sport.”

When head coach Kevin McHale was asked about the White situation and how he and others should handle it:

“I have no idea. I’m worried about the guys who are here. If he’s here, I’ll worry about him.”

This is the right move by the Rockets. I just don’t understand why they didn’t do it sooner. This situation is very unique. It could go sour quickly or we might wake up tomorrow to find that White has changed his mind once again. There is no telling when it comes to this. He has a lot of talent, but no talent is worth all this trouble.