Royce White To Make D-League Debut


McALLEN, Texas — Finally, Royce White will answer the questions on a basketball court.

The Rockets rookie hopes to make his season debut with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League tonight against the Maine Red Claws (8:30 ET).

The 6-foot-8 power forward, who was the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, had twice previously rejected assignments to the D-League as he demanded a “protocol” to deal his anxiety disorder, which makes traveling — especially air travel — difficult.

White opened the season on the Rockets roster, but did not play and left the team in early November. With a nose for crashing the boards and knack for passing, he would seem to be a perfect complement to the NBA’s fastest-paced offense.

White passed a physical by the Rockets over the weekend, arrived in the Rio Grande Valley on Sunday and met with Vipers team president Bert Garcia on Monday. Coach Nick Nurse will make the final determination at a pregame workout, but White is expected to be in the lineup.


  1. MJfromOKC says:

    This guy has serious potential to dominate in the NBA. Im really glad hes feeling better and ready to play.

  2. Walter says:

    About time, hopefully he plays well and his condition is better.

  3. Deshawn says:

    Royce white is absolutly not a promising prospect. ohlbrecht is the man .

  4. cdashq says:

    16 second ad to watch a 10 second clip. That just doesn’t seem right

  5. hitpat says:

    FInally… MOVE over Labron

  6. Nobel says:

    Show them whats good young!

  7. ct in canada says:

    I applaud his fight to be recognized as someone with a medical issue and the rockets seem high enough on him to work things through, to their credit. I really just hope he shows up in shape and ready to go from day one because I fear people will have little patience with Royce.

  8. Emilio says:

    He does have a great opportunity in front of him, but only someone with an anxiety disorder would understand what it is like to have one. Having said that I think people are being a little harsh one the guy. I’m sure he’s worked hard to get out on the floor.

  9. anthony says:

    Let me know when this DUCK gets on a plane!!!

  10. barent says:

    where is the humor in this? you’ve got to be a twerp to make fun of this sort of situation.

  11. janmarius says:

    the drama queen finally decides to play… let’s see what this kid can do in the pro league (or semi pro?.. D-league is pro right?)…

  12. Mel says:

    it’s about friggen time!

  13. WILKSY08 says:

    Good to see that he’s slowly making it back. The way the situation has been handled was very poor though. I understand that he suffers from anxiety, but its come to a point where I’m now thinking he just needs to man up. Millions of kids out there would kill to be in his position, to have the talent to be an NBA player. If he throws it away he’s a fool

  14. two says:

    he better average a quadruple double otherwise all these articles written about him were based on nothing

  15. lol says:

    FINALLY! im so excited to see this guy playing