In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by former Houston Rockets first-round pick Royce White. They discussed plenty of topics including…
0:50: His experience in the National Basketball League of Canada.
3:00: The competition level in the NBL Canada and how it compares to college basketball and the NBA D-League.
7:00: Whether he will play in the NBA again at some point.
9:00: Misconceptions about him, particularly his fear of flying.
13:20: Why he’s hesitant to take anxiety medication long-term.
18:30: The pre-draft process and what occurred in his meetings with teams.
24:40: When he first started battling anxiety and received his diagnosis.
27:00: His push to implement a mental-health policy in the NBA.
39:30: The league’s concern that teams would use mental-health accommodations to get around salary-cap rules.
58:00: His belief that other players won’t speak about mental-health issues or seek help because they’re afraid they’ll be out of the NBA too.
1:20:20: Looking back, what it was like going through that period.
1:07:00: How he has inspired people on social media and even helped talk someone out of suicide.
1:21:33: The benefits of therapy and why everyone should manage their mental health.
1:28:30: What kind of player he would be if he were in the NBA.
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