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Rockets in the dark, mum after White bolts D-League


08:05 AM ET 03.22 | The somewhat tumultuous rookie season of Royce White has taken another turn, as his NBA Development League stint is apparently over for now. Whether a career in the NBA can be salvaged remains unclear after the latest turn in his tumultuous season. White announced via Twitter that he was leaving the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to be in Houston for the remainder of the season at the advice of "the team physician." He did not offer any explanation but later said he was returning to Houston, not the Rockets. Rockets management was not a part of the decision, according to a person with knowledge of their thinking on the issue. Rockets officials would not comment.

Houston Chronicle

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March 22, 2013  08:58 AM ET

its fun to have something else to read though... it's all about Lebron these days....

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March 22, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Just Go Away, Bro.

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March 22, 2013  09:40 AM ET

No, he really is.Houston took a huge gamble by drafting this kid so high.Teams won't gamble again on a guy with mental issues for many, many, moons.

Insert Michael Beasley as exhibit 2.

March 22, 2013  09:49 AM ET


March 22, 2013  10:03 AM ET

This guy is setting back people with mental disorders, a couple of decades.

They shouldve never given the dope a shot with that high of a draft pick. Next thing you know we will alos find out hes a **** and is having boyfriend issues.

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March 22, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Just Go Away, Bro.

Bummer ......

March 22, 2013  11:22 AM ET

I feel that mental health should be treated by teams the same way as they'd deal with physical health issues. But what Royce White doesn't seem to understand is that teams have expectations for certain levels of performance, and not all health issues can be accommodated for the needs of the profession.

To be a professional athlete requires superior health conditioning in all regards. *Most* people don't qualify for that level of competition. It sucks for Royce that he's so close... but no. This just isn't the profession for him. It sucks, but not everyone gets their dream job.

March 22, 2013  11:40 AM ET

I hope the rockets do whatever they have to do to their money back from this clown. he has used his condition as an excuse to collect a paycheck without earning it since the day he signed his contract. the rockets knew of his condition but chose to draft anyway thinking they could work with him and set up all the help he would need. but that was not good enough it had to be on his terms. I am pretty sure they would not wasted the time and money they have invested in him had expressed such a unwillingness to work with the team before they drafted him. there allot of people who have the same problem he does but take their meds and go to work everyday even if they do not want to. he is not helping any cause with his action only making it worse for people who try work on their problem. he is a lazy bum looking to do nothing and get paid for it.


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