ESPN - Houston Rockets first-round draft pick Royce White is a no-show at training camp and said he and the team are working on a plan to address his fear of flying. White suffers from anxiety and fear of flying. He says on Twitter that he’s working with the team on an “innovative plan” to balance treatment with the NBA schedule. “Anxiety isn’t keeping me from camp,” White wrote, “taking a Proactive approach to my mental illness instead of reactive is.(hash)StayingAheadOfMyDisorder.” White said he has an agreement with the team to take a bus to select games. KRIV-TV reported that the agreement is pending league approval. The Rockets would not comment beyond a statement that said they “are committed to Royce’s long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”
“Here’s how it goes,” White said. “I’m scared (going) to the airport, I’m scared going up, I’m uncomfortable in the air and I feel like a million bucks when we hit the runway.”
I kind of feel like the Rockets have to treat Royce White’s anxiety disorder like he’s a pet going to the veterinarian. Just calm him down, put a blind fold around his face, tell him he’s going to go for a fun little drive. Maybe let him get all excited, stick his head out the window and forget about his mental problems for bit. Then when he least expects it just jam a needle in his neck that knocks him out cold and strap him into an airplane before he even knows what’s happening. It’ll be just like Dexter except instead of waking up in a kill room he’ll be in Sacramento 15 minutes to tip off and ready to ball. How’s that for innovation.
PS – Scared to go to the airport, scared going up, uncomfortable in the air and you feel like a million bucks when you hit the runway? Sounds like Royce White is describing my sex life to a T.