Oct 1, 2012; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) laughs during media day at the Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Rockets' Royce White Refuses To Play In The D-League

October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Royce White (30) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Royce White saga continues, as the rookie of the Houston Rockets denied the team’s statement that he will play in the D-League.

Only about half a day after the Rockets announced that Royce White was assigned to the team’s D-League affiliate, as a step by step process to get White ready for the NBA, White himself released this statement rejecting the assignment.

In his statement White denies the information released by the Rockets organisation:

The information that the Houston Rockets have publicly presented about this situation has been extremely misleading and a lot of times totally inaccurate. An image of support has been presented by the Rockets, but the only logical support here would be listening to the recommendation of the medical professionals involved. That has not totally happened here. I have chosen to not play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals. – Royce White

He continues to say that his intention is to play, but continues to question the qualification of Houston’s medical personnel.

White, who suffers from anxiety, and among other issues has a fear of flying, has not yet played in an NBA game.

The fan base is generally split between understanding people who think Royce White is in the right by prioritizing his health over basketball, while others are sceptical about White’s intentions and believe that he is taking advantage of the Rockets organization.

Right now it seems like there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out before White finally steps out on an NBA court, but the Rockets would undoubtedly welcome the skill set of their no.16 pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

Stay tuned to KJG as we follow this constantly developing situation.


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