Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
HOUSTON — Rockets first-round pick Royce White has refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate, yet another setback to his return to the court.
White, a University of Minnesota product and the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.
White's assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday looked to be a positive step in his return. But on Sunday, White released an almost 500-word statement where he says in part: "I have chosen to not play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front-office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals."