Houston Rockets: Royce White Reinstated

By Michael Ma

October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Royce White (30) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White continues to make headlines, off the court.  This headline however, may help turn the page in what has been a headache situation so far for Rockets management and White.  The Rockets organization has lifted White’s suspension, and is scheduled to report to the D-League, with Rocket’s affiliate, Rio Grande Valley on February 11th.

The team and White released a joint statement late Saturday night, which stated that they have come to “an agreement that addresses the major issues”.  Here is the statement in full:

 “The Houston Rockets and Royce White have today reached an agreement that addresses the major issues that they have been discussing, provides a new start, and gives Royce the best opportunity for long term success as a Houston Rocket. This has been a learning process for both parties. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have approved the settlement. Royce is no longer suspended and is reinstated effective immediately. He will report to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 11, 2013.”

Perhaps, this can turn the corner in a situation that all started when White asked the organization to issue a specialized travel plan for him just a couple of weeks after he was drafted.  White, who suffers from social anxiety disorder, is afraid to fly, and has also been distinctly loud back-lashing the Rockets organization over not helping him with his anxiety via twitter.  He has turned down D-League assignments, not shown up to practice, as well as not suiting up for games, and has skipped out on therapy sessions that the organization offers to him.

We’ll see where all of this will end up, but as for now, we may finally get a look at White on the court.