Report: Royce White says 'Hell, no' to making 100 NBA flights
JUL 12, 2013 11:22a ET
They just got rid of center Andrew Bynum, who didn't play a single game with the team last season due to injury.
But Royce White, who also didn't play at all for the Houston Rockets last season, will now pack his bags and head to Philly after being acquired by the Sixers.
That is if they can even get him on an airplane.
White suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, which kept him from playing with the Rockets.
Is he ready to make 100 fights during an NBA season yet?
"Hell, no," White told the Des Moines Register. "One hundred flights would be like if you’re allergic to peanut butter – it’d be like spreading your whole body with it.”
White was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Rockets.
After learning about his fear of flying, the Rockets allowed him to travel by bus to games within driving distance. But he never stepped on the court for the team.
He began playing for the franchise's D-League team, the Rio Grande Vipers, in February,. However, he continued to have issues participating in road games. He played in just 15 games for the Vipers.
But White still wants to play in the NBA.
"It’s every intention of mine to play," he said. "I don’t know what Philly’s intentions are. I’m just going to go there, work hard and try to earn my place.
"It’s a blessing to play on any NBA team. I just hope I can continue to work with the NBA and the players' union and whatever team I’m on to help create more mental health awareness."
With White now landing with the Sixers, hopefully they can get him to finally take off.