Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Royce White released a statement on Sundaysaying he will not play until he is medically cleared by mental healthprofessionals.
The rookie's lengthy statement came one day after the Houston Rockets assignedhim to Rio Grande Valley of the NBA D-League.
White, the 16th overall pick by the Rockets last June, has sat out the entireseason in part because of a complex social anxiety disorder.
In his lone season at Iowa State in 2011-12, White was the only player in thecountry to lead his team in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (9.3 rpg), assists(5.0 apg), steals (1.2 spg) and blocks (0.9 bpg).
The Rockets have yet to see those all-around talents in the regular season,though general manager Daryl Morey recently said the club is "committed toRoyce's long term success and we will continue to support him now and goingforward."
White claimed those words to be "fundamentally incorrect," in his statementand feels it is "unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to makemedical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals."
"I do wish to play, but I only intend to do so with the collaboration andrecommendation of trained professionals," the statement read. "My only hope isthat decision makers involved realize that doctors are the only logical sourceto decide action."