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Royce White is known for a lot of things other than just a basketball player, most of which are negative at this point. He can’t seem to just give it a rest. After The Houston Rockets and Royce White finally came to an agreement just two months ago he is now throwing the Rockets and the rest of the NBA under the bus in a recent video interview with the Huffington Post.
“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.”
“If I was an NBA player now without the protocols and safety measures,” he said, “I would be risking my health, risking my life. What comes along with mental health if left untreated? Alcohol abuse, marijuana abuse, suicidal behavior, homicidal behavior, those are things I’m not willing to risk to play basketball, to have money, to have fame. That’s it.”
Maybe White has some good points. Maybe some of what he says is actually true, but he comes off as childish. Mental Health issues are a big deal that need to be treated seriously and with care, but this guy is just over the top. The Rockets have done more than enough to accommodate Royce. All he has to do is play basketball and he can’t even do that. Either he’s worse than we anticipated or he’s fooling everyone.
Either way at this point the Rockets couldn’t trade Royce for a candy bar so why not give him a shot to prove himself. But if this doesn’t change soon he will be out of the league and most likely will never return.