Posted September 15, 2013 - 08:14 AM
I've had a strong feeling he's a con artist since he entered the draft. I've known a person for years who had a serious anxiety disorder, stemming from growing up with an abusive father. She lived in a psych ward for a few months at one point, and she still sees a psychiatrist weekly because she attempted to kill herself over her anxiety disorder 6 years ago. If you were a patient of hers (she's a dentist) or just met her you would think she's completely normal though. She's in control of whatever she was living with before.
My point is everyone reacts to social anxiety differently, but I can tell you that even if Royce White has it just half as bad as she had it, he never would've entered the NBA draft with the intention of actually playing. He knew that playing in the NBA means being under intense media scrutiny, playing in front of 12,000+ people every game, flying across the country, etc. The spotlight for basketball players is brighter than any other major team sport because of the extremely close proximity of the fans, the number of people on the court with you, and the small playing surface. There's no helmet to hide under, it's only you and 9 other guys, center stage every night.
So to me there are two reasons a person like Royce would ever even consider entering the draft:
1) He does have an anxiety disorder and he believed he could work through it and eventually fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. I sincerely hope it's this reason, but I highly doubt it.
2) He does have an anxiety disorder, but entered the draft despite it with the intention of collecting a paycheck. He has social anxiety, knew he won't fly on a plane, refused to participate in the D-League and missed several days of training camp. My point here is he knew his limitations yet still entered the draft and took a $3.3 million guaranteed contract. Basically he stole from Houston, he promised something he couldn't deliver, something he knew he wouldn't live up to. Maybe Houston is partly to blame too, they knew the risks. But in this scenario White is a liar and a thief. He never intended to play or fly or even attempt to make the team by accepting his D-League assignment, he just wanted the money.
I don't believe he's faking it, because he's talented enough to play in the NBA and could stand to make a lot more money playing, so why wouldn't he?
Nobody with an anxiety disorder as bad as he claims his is would enter the draft for any reason other than some fast, easy money.