Royce White criticizes Rockets for not helping his anxiety

Dane Mizutani

Royce White’s stint with the Gophers in 2009 was surrounded by drama, and it has followed him to the NBA.

White, a rookie who has said he has an anxiety disorder, missed Tuesday’s practice amid the team’s plans to send him to the NBA Development League, the Houston Chronicle reported.

White issued a statement Tuesday regarding his recent troubles.

“In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder,” he said in the statement. “As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent [with] their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”

White already made news this season after he missed the start of training camp because of his anxiety.

He was a touted recruit out of Hopkins High School, but his career with Minnesota never got off the ground.

White served jail time for a theft and assault on a Mall of America security guard and was involved in accusations of a stolen laptop in his time with Minnesota.

He transferred to Iowa State and started for the Cyclones in 2011-12. White averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists.  

He was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he has not played this season.