White was acquired by the 76ers this summer as he came from Houston with general manager Sam Hinkie. The 2012 first round pick has yet to appear in a NBA game due to his anxiety disorder that includes a fear of flying. His anxiety disorder combined with his obsessive-compulsive disorder has made him a total wild card entering the season.
How players improve is with practice, right? That's no different for White. CSN Philly's John Finger reports that White is preparing to fly with the team to Charlotte on Wednesday because he wants "to get some practice flying" although pointing out that it is only an eight-hour drive.
White made his preseason debut last Friday and admitted that he was "happy to be out there" but also added that he "didn't play well." Well, he should be commended for his honesty. White scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes of play. He shot 2-for-6 from the field including going 0-for-1 from beyond the arc. The issue arose when White picked up four fouls in three minutes in the first quarter.
It is a learning experience and, in the minds of some (myself included), it was a win just to be able to see him on the court playing with NBA talent.
He has made headlines on and off the court this offseason. Anxious Mind's Inc., a group that White started while attending Iowa State, has joined forces with the Houston-based Busy Bee Wellness Center to start the Royce White Institute for Mental Health. The center is slated to be open in January 2014. One week after that announcement, a report came out that White was being investigated for domestic abuse.
White, 22, appeared in 16 games in the NBA Developmental League averaging 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. He is a big man who can really move the ball and has the ability to get to the free throw line. It is unclear how the 76ers plan to use him but his contract expires at the end of the year.
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