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Hope @Highway_30 writes a mental illness book #AnxietyTrooper #Support” Royce White: Writing now, don't want to rush it. Appreciate the love! Twitter @Highway_30

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Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant had a response for Royce White’s Twitter observation that he and the Thunder looked “Shaaakyy.” “Who’s he?” Durant said. When told that White is the Rockets rookie first-round pick from Iowa State, Durant seemed to remember. “I haven’t seen him on the bench,” Durant said. “He hasn’t played against us so I’m not worried about guys that’s not even in our series. Ain’t that the guy that can’t, that’s afraid to fly? I wish him the best. If I see him next year, I’ll let him know who we are.” Houston Chronicle

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Royce White may not be with the Houston Rockets for the playoffs. However, that didn't stop him from taking a few jabs at the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. After the Rockets staved off elimination for a second straight game with Wednesday's 107-100 win in Game 5, White tweeted his confidence at the Thunder and Durant: "And... that's why you play the games. That @okcthunder team just looked shook. They're looking shaky baby." White followed with another tweet to Durant. "@KDTrey5... Y'all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY." ESPN.com

Houston rookie Royce White, who has yet to make his NBA debut after spending months engaged in a dispute with management over the treatment of his mental health, took a jab at Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant on Twitter Wednesday night. “Y’all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY,” White wrote to Durant. SI.com

Those messages prompted a number of replies to White suggesting that his comments lacked substance given that he has isn’t currently playing for the Rockets. White laughed off that line of and defended his right to speak his mind. “It’s ALOT of tough B-BALL fans on [Twitter],” he wrote. “I’m a spectator right now, I’ll say whatever the f— I want. Swing when you see me. … Do [people] ACTUALLY think if they tweet enough I’m going to change? ‘Never change when you’re winning.’ Say what I want… Freedom of speech.” SI.com

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Royce White, the former Mr. Basketball in Minnesota whose struggles with mental illness have been well documented since he was picked in the NBA draft last year, has inspired others talk about mental illness. In Des Moines today, an Iowa legislator used an appearance by White to reveal that she declined an Iowa teacher of the year award because of her struggles with mental illness. "I carried that in my heart as a secret until today," Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines said. "This is the first time I've ever publicly admitted that that was the real reason why I wasn't selected as national teacher of the year. Royce White gave me the courage to stand up and speak out about my own issue." Minnesota Public Radio

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Rockets rookie Royce White had perhaps his best game of his NBA Development League season with his return to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday, but quickly added that he does not plan to stick around for long. White left the team last week, missing three games including a road trip to Indiana and Pennsylvania, telling CNN that the inconsistency of living in hotels is unhealthy for him because of his anxiety disorder. He returned on Tuesday, planning to play the season’s final six regular-season games, all at home, but said after the game that he would not play in the D-League postseason because of its “hectic” schedule. “I’ll be here until the end of the regular season,” White told The Monitor after the game. “The playoff schedule and how hectic it is in the D-League probably ain’t going be the best thing for me. Going to the playoffs, I want them to have a team that’s going to stick together.” Houston Chronicle

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