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08:08 AM ET 10.05 | Rookie forward Royce Royce White's agreement with the Rockets goes beyond taking the bus, but, in his words, "that was kind of the meat and potatoes of it." Applauding the Rockets for their efforts to make his transition into the NBA as healthy as possible, [White] said he and the team have an agreement in place, that when approved by the league, will allow him to bus to selected games. White suffers from an anxiety disorder and his fear of flying is one of the issues connected to his illness. He has yet to report to the Rockets training camp while the two sides finalize the details and get approval from the NBA and the players union, which is standard for anything added to an NBA contract. White said he is hopeful of rejoining the team within a week.

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October 5, 2012  08:37 AM ET

May have to go BA Baracus on this dude.....I got a feeling this isnt going to end well.

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October 5, 2012  09:39 AM ET

A Rolls-Royce Would Be A Better Ride, Bro.

October 5, 2012  09:41 AM ET

See if he can hook up with Madden on Select dates...

Just looked up Mr. White on Wiki and found "White was able to bench-press 185 pounds 29 times in pre-combine workouts. This would have bested the current NBA draft combine record of 27 repetitions set by Jason Keep in 2003".

Back in the Day I could do 185 / 29 - now if only I could shoot off the dribble and jump a little higher :-)

October 5, 2012  09:49 AM ET

His fear of flying is legitimate and because of this, I think his and the Rockets solution is fine, but I'm not the league or the union so we'll see how it pans out.

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October 5, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Seems like this could end up being problematic especially during Winter months. Imagine driving across several states on road trips during snow storms.

Minnesota to Portland in 2 days... Road Trip!

October 5, 2012  10:46 AM ET

Afraid of flying and playing for the Rockets... am I the only one who sees the irony here?

October 5, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Royce Royce...I love how ridiculously parents name their children.

Excellent.

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October 5, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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Afraid of flying and playing for the Rockets... am I the only one who sees the irony here?

Lol.

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