Associated Press, Published December 30 2012
Rockets’ White refuses assignment to D-LeagueHOUSTON – Rockets first-round pick Royce White refused his assignment to Houston’s D-League affiliate on Sunday, yet another setback to his return to the court.
White, the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston’s inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.
White’s assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday looked to be a positive step in his return. But on Sunday, White released an almost 500-word statement where he said he wouldn’t report to the team.
“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,” he said.
The Rockets chose White in the first round after a season at Iowa State, where he helped the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament berth in seven years by leading the team in scoring (13.4 points a game), rebounds (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.9).
Prior to playing at Iowa State, White played at the University of Minnesota. He was a standout prep basketball player from Hopkins, Minn.
The 6-foot-8 White missed the first week of training camp to work with the Rockets to create an arrangement to deal with his anxiety disorder within the demands of the NBA’s travel schedule.