NBA Failed Royce White


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Have you ever felt a weird sense of discomfort or that no matter how hard you try, you don’t succeed? Like say, you have a flight to catch or an important meeting to attend, and you can’t get it right? It is just like no matter what you do or how hard you try; your mind doesn’t reach an understanding at all. Well, this precisely is what happened with Royce White. Read on further to know how the NBA failed Royce White. 

NBA Failed Royce White
NBA Failed Royce White

Royce White And His Struggle With Mental Health

Struggling with generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, White still gave his best to the NBA. This fact came to light during his college season, when he consciously brought it up, in an interview after a game. Soon after, in the eyes of the public, including the press, it became an easy way to define who he was as a person and player. Soon after, the rumors began as well. There were dozens of speculations including, “He’s afraid of flying,” “A wasted draft pick,” “He’s lazy,” “Uncommitted.” Sadly, this was his reward for honesty and for speaking his heart out.

White, who has a height of 6’8” and a weight of 270 pounds, moves with a grace that teases his size. It might be a rare sight to see a man so huge in proportion to nimble, but it is not unusual for White. It is what he knows best while playing.

NBA Failed Royce White
NBA Failed Royce White

How Royce White’s Mental Condition Affected Everything Around Him

While all this was happening, White was continually asking to ratify his contract and include a mental health protocol. He wanted protection and wanted to feel safe. White did not wish to have a graduate of a business school or someone in the front office of the Rockets, to dictate this health condition. He wanted professionals to make their mental health decisions, including his doctor. Even though the Rockets agreed to some contractual changes and additions at last. However, White was always told that his performance would dictate further repercussions based on this decision. 

White’s anxiety manifested in several ways. It affected all his daily routine actions. His sleeping patterns, his appetite, his ability to be socially active, everything had undergone a change. His anxious episodes now ranged from minutes, or days, to weeks. They either arrived in waves or slowly build into a flood of thoughts that couldn’t have been under control no matter how hard he tried. As White says, The panic attacks, felt like death.

The journey since 2012 on which White has been on ever since the moment when the league called his name, is complex. However, at the base lies a simple, inarguable truth- “The NBA instead, they got his mind while they wanted his body.”

The Lack Of Understanding About Mental Health And Its Consequences

White believes that our lack of resources, empathy, and understanding of Mental Health—is the most critical issue that our society is facing. All that he ever wanted everyone to understand and acknowledge was the fact Mental Health is as important as Physical Health. His mental health condition had to be recognized as well for him to give his best in the game. However, the NBA was too late to understand this one simple truth of life. They failed Royce White. 

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