You remember Royce White. When you last saw him on a basketball court, his Iowa State team was losing to Kentucky in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, even though he was the best player on the floor that night.
Well, since then he’s been drafted by the Houston Rockets, suspended by the Houston Rockets, estranged from the Houston Rockets, sent to the D-league, gone AWOL from the D-league, refused to play in the D-league, played in the D-league and then packed it in until next season.
Well, White on Wednesday was watching the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff series, and he decided to send a tweet in the direction of Kevin Durant.
“@KDTrey5… Y’all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY,” White wrote (@KDTrey5 is Durant’s Twitter handle).
— Durant has not responded. It has been nine days since he posted anything on Twitter,so this is not a feud in any sense.
And… that’s why you play the games. That @okcthunder team just looked shook. “They’re looking shaky baby.”#RedNation
That did not stop the Twitter populace — not exactly overflowing with Royce White fans anyway — from skewering White for criticizing Durant from his couch.
White has a strange and not entirely healthy relationship with Twitter. It is the method he has used to spread good vibes to the mental health community — he suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is the main reason he hasn’t yet played in an NBA game — but also to rip the Rockets for the way they have managed him and his disorder.
He tends to go on these day-long Twitter binges, which always play out in three stages:
1) White tweets something that makes fans mad. 2) Fans attack White’s work ethic and toughness. 3) White uses attacks to cast self as martyr.
And then, Thursday, a moment of self-awareness.
“I’m sure @KDTrey5 doesn’t care what the anxiety ridden, overweight, d-leaguer has to say,” White said. “It was funny to me though, + true.”
Relax ppl, I can’t hold a candle stick to @kdtrey5 on the court. He’s a deadly player, But… they’re still looking SHAAAKYY BAAABYY! Lol