HoopsHype Royce White rumors


December 3, 2013 Updates

Royce White still wants to play professional basketball. He's just looking for the right fit. "I'm optimistic it will happen," the former Iowa State star said. "We're in contact with some teams. Quite a few more than expected. People are more understanding than you think. It's not an insensitive crowd. There are teams involved. It's finding a situation that's appropriate." USA Today Sports

White has a well-documented anxiety disorder that has prevented him from playing. He was cut by the Philadelphia 76ers in October. "Basketball is in a flux for me at this point, but it's something that happens to a lot of guys in their early careers," said White, 22. "For me, it's can we find a team that has the right setup, has an open mind, wants to understand what I'm saying, and other things that we've discovered since I've been in the league." USA Today Sports

White's anxiety disorder includes an occasional fear of flying, although he flew to the 76ers' preseason games. "That's been overblown, but that is the world that is the media," he said. "I flew the preseason without medication, partly to show that I was willing to travel and to see if I could do it." USA Today Sports

October 25, 2013 Updates
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“Realistically, you know where you’re at,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game, later adding that roster cuts will likely be made before Monday’s deadline. “There are a few positions – maybe as few as one – that you’re uncertain about. And we’ll try to learn more about that tonight.” Of particular note, Brown seemed to indicate that Royce White may have secured a roster spot, saying the Sixers “genuinely hope” it works out with him here. White (6-8, 260) was the 16th overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but has a sometimes-debilitating anxiety disorder and prefers to travel by personal bus rather than plane because air travel has triggered panic attacks. Delaware News Journal

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Royce White flew with the Sixers to Charlotte. The power forward, who has an anxiety disorder and a fear of flying, did not travel to Spain and England for the first two preseason games. White, acquired in a July trade with the Houston Rockets, was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The 22-year-old star out of Iowa State played 16 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 16, 2013 Updates

As White’s confidence grows, he’s more involved in the offense. The 2012 first-round pick from Iowa State occasionally brought the ball upcourt and initiated the offense vs. Brooklyn. “He scares the hell out of me (when he does that),” Brown said. “That’s what he did in college and that’s what you see. You’re going to dribble down the floor and reverse it to Royce and ‘Oh, what’s going to happen now?’ Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. “He’s a runaway train. And that’s OK right now because, I’ll tell you what, when he starts making good decisions, he’s dangerous. But right now, it’s hit or miss.” The Intelligencer

October 15, 2013 Updates
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Former first-round draft pick Royce White made his Philadelphia 76ers debut in a 97-85 preseason victory against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at the University of Delaware. He didn't play a minute for the Houston Rockets, who drafted him 16th overall in 2012, as a rookie because of a sometimes debilitating anxiety disorder and fear of flying. "It's fantastic to see him on the floor," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "That was my thrill. … Just to let him get out and be with his teammates and play an NBA game is exciting for him and for us. We want to help him in any way we can. Like I said before, he's a talent." USA Today Sports

Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie, who was in Houston's front office last season, acquired White, Turkish center Furkan Aldemir and cash from the Rockets this summer in exchange for future draft considerations. Houston dealt White to clear cap space to sign Dwight Howard. "It was an incredible feeling just to be back playing," White said. USA Today Sports

October 10, 2013 Updates

If you believe what he and his coach are saying, Royce White will make his debut with the 76ers Friday night in their exhibition against Boston. The forward, who said the decision to not travel with the Sixers for their two preseason games in Europe was an organizational move, called the time away from the team “bittersweet.” But both White and Sixers coach Brett Brown said the second-year man is expected to play against the Celtics at University of Delaware’s Carpenter Center. “I look forward to playing Royce tomorrow,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice. Sixers Dish

October 9, 2013 Updates

Sixers forward Royce White, who has an anxiety disorder, did not accompany the Sixers on the trip. The Sixers said Tuesday that the team doctor told them it would be best for White to stay home. "We are going to deal with him with respect," Brown said. "We are going to understand his situation and we are going to help him. It's really that simple, because I'll tell you what: When you watch that man play, he's a different type of player." It was widely believed that White's perceived fear of flying contributed to his failure to play with the Houston Rockets as a rookie last season. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 5, 2013 Updates

New 76er Royce White tried last week to dispel any speculation that air travel would hinder him from playing for the team this season. However, the 6-foot-8 forward, who has an anxiety disorder, wasn't among the 14 players who flew here Thursday. The Sixers will face Bilbao Basket on Sunday at the Bizkala Arena at Bilbao Exhibition Center. On Tuesday, they will face Oklahoma City in Manchester, England. "It really was just based on our team doctor giving me and [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] and the club advice that it may be best for him to remain at home," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of White's absence. "You know we are with him. We will support and help him." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 4, 2013 Updates

Bob Cooney: Not with Sixers in Europe, but source says Royce White did not make trip. Twitter @BobCooney76

October 3, 2013 Updates

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