Scoggins: Royce White and NBA need common ground

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2013 - 10:20 AM

One minute remained on the game clock and his team held a comfortable lead, so Royce White thought he’d treat the crowd to a showboat move.

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rayk1800Jul. 17, 1310:00 PM

If Royce knew he couldn't do part of the job (flying to games), why did he sign a contract? I've turned down work that I didn't feel comfortable with because of the daily travel. IMO, Royce just needs to say he's going to fly and do it. Quit fighting it.

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wizeoneJul. 18, 13 1:27 AM

While I sympathize with Royce, he needs to understand that flying is less dangerous than driving, and there are many people who can teach him how to overcome this phobia. There is overwhelming evidence that shows how people with an irrational flying phobia can be cured by de-sensitivation techniques. It's not magic, just rational therapy. Royce, get a grip. You won't die on a jet, you are more likely to die from old age. Mental problems can be cured, you don't have to be a slave to your phobia. I encourage you to get real professional help, as you are a great player who is being held back by something you can fix in your head.

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viking53Jul. 18, 13 1:43 AM

Royce White's mental problems are of no interest or importance. The only thing that is important is his ability to entertain us. This is the only thing of importance for ANY professional athlete.

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johnmcfaddenJul. 18, 13 7:58 AM

it's so obvious that he does not want to get better, he has all the classic symptoms of not only mental illness but also has grown up in a precise time in history where he thinks he can hold a team hostage to HIM. He's going to get a tough lesson in life, every single one of us has issues that could take us down and hold us hostage to them but we put on big boy and big girl pants and take charge of our lives and we fall only to get up again. This guy never wants to get up really he prefers to lay down comfortably in his "illness" and cast stones at US while we are getting up. Our success indicts his failure as a person and a athlete. His symptom phobia of flying is easily treated his underlying character flaws and deeper issues , not so much

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wingophersJul. 18, 13 8:22 AM

Lets hope that an arrangement between the 76'ers and Royce White can be worked out. He is an exceedingly talented basketball player.

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Bogeyman1Jul. 18, 13 8:58 AM

He's being grossly over paid to do a job that he either can't, or won't do! It's about time the NBA teams move on without Royce!

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kev5115Jul. 18, 13 9:37 AM

When Royce was at Iowa State, how did he get to games in Texas and other far away cities in the Big 12? I have a hard time believing that he can't somehow get treated through therapy or with medication enough to get him on a plane. Man up Royce and get over yourself and you could have a decent NBA career.

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andy13tJul. 18, 1310:12 AM

I think Royce's doctors are doing him a disservice, and possibly taking advantage of him. Instead of focusing on what he can do to get better, he's paying doctors to take his side and paint him as this victim that should hold a get out of jail free card in the form of a doctor's note. His anxiety may be very real, but make no mistake, this is HIS issue, not the NBA's. There is a fine line between the NBA caring for and helping its players, and a player trying to blame his own issues on the NBA.

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regionguyJul. 18, 1311:08 AM

Royce, just because you have a chronic medical condition doesn't mean that somehow you are owed a spot in the NBA. One of the conditions of employment in the NBA is that you be able to travel in a timely manner.

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janderson2Jul. 18, 1312:23 PM

Royce is a complete fraud. Collecting $$ for doing nothing but putting up this facade of mental illness. I suppose that's what made him commit the crimes in his past also? Royce's only mental illness is afraid of failure. Man up or move on. Hopefully the 76ers won't be fooled like Houston and McHale were.

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