Royce White
The soap opera continues… Royce White has been in the sports media and blog spotlight for everything but his play since the Houston Rockets drafted him 16th overall last year. White has been at arms with the Rockets over treatment for his anxiety disorder (more on that later), refusing to play, threatening to retire and more recently for drama regarding multiple baby mothers. And all of this has gone on without White having played a single minute of NBA basketball.

Now, White is claiming that the NBA and Houston Rockets are conspiring against him and don’t want him to play in the league, per SI:

“I went through the bumps and bruises of having to advocate for myself against a billion-dollar corporation. Other than that, I think I’ve actually been successful, if you look at the rate of success, or what could have went wrong. I could have easily been out of the league or blackballed or things like that. But that hasn’t happened yet…

“I’m a problem because I’m not afraid to say what I think and I’m not afraid to stand alone. Even amongst the NBA community, the players, the union, the NBA office, and [commissioner] David Stern and [deputy commissioner] Adam Silver. I’m not afraid to stand alone in my own circle, and say, hey listen, you guys aren’t respecting mental health…

“If I was to make an educated guess, I would guess that Adam Silver and David Stern and the Rockets organization, some other owners in the league, GMs, want me gone. And why do they want me gone? Because business is about convenience, it’s not about doing what’s necessary, right? It’s about cutting overhead… Being efficient. And a lot of times, what’s best for us as human beings doesn’t meet that criteria for business people.”.

Now I’m no psychologist, but let’s take a quick examination of White’s accusation. White is basically that the NBA wants him gone because he’s not afraid to be a problem, despite still him being paid $1.6 million dollars this season to play basketball, which he had yet to do until he began a recent stint in the D-League where he’s looked extremely out of shape. Generally, in any place of employment, if you are not performing the duties you are being paid for they eventually let said employee go. That isn’t anything out of the ordinary; that’s LIFE.

Secondly, it’s a bit hard to believe that White is a victim here. For someone that has an anxiety disorder, White sure does do a lot of talking to bring attention on himself. Maybe his aim is to raise awareness, but his quotes make is sound a lot like self promotion. At some point a person has to look in the mirror and take some responsibility for their role in the situation they are involved in.

If the Rockets and the NBA do indeed want White gone, I honestly couldn’t fault them. White has yet to produce for the job that he applied for when he entered the NBA draft, but is still receiving a paycheck nonetheless. Seems like someone is working the system a bit here, no?