With the 16th overall pick in the NBA draft, Royce White is acknowledging that the NBA, might not know how to address his fear of flying, which is apart of a larger mental health disorder.
Making an appearance, SiriusXM’s “Off the dribble”, White doesnt blame the Houston Rockets for not knowing how to handle the situation.
“The reality is that it is not Houston’s fault, As much as we always want to try and blame one side or the other … they’ve been thrown into a position now where they’re forced to make things up as they go because a protocol has not been put in place for mental health up until this point.”
According to ESPN, White and the Rockets have been working with experts to devise a plan where all parties can reach an agreement on how White can travel with the team; whether by bus or car, instead of the team plane.
“I don’t really think going to another team is something that would be better,” White told the show. “And it’s not something that I want to do. I want to play for Houston. I love the city of Houston. Since I’ve been here, the fans have been nothing but supportive — that I’ve met in person. Twitter has been different. The fans that I’ve met in person have been supportive. The community here is great. I have a lot of friends that work in the organization, in the building, that aren’t even related to practice or the game, so to speak. So I have no intention or desire to play for another team.”
“There’s no mental health protocol here, for not only the Rockets but the entire league, really. I expressed that that’s really unsafe if you think about it,” he said. “So, basically, I’m fighting to have that rectified. I just don’t think it is OK or responsible or even logical to have GMs or any front office personnel have executive authority in medical situations.”