Houston rookie Royce White has not yet attended Rockets training camp, which began Tuesday, due to anxiety issues. White said Wednesday night that he has asked the Rockets to approve busing to road games when the team is playing within a drivable distance:
"People with mental illness, one of the most important things is that they have that consistency and routine. The girth of (my request) was, 'Can I travel by bus to close enough games?' "
White said that he will buy and furnish the bus to make it "feel like home so that there's a level of consistency in a job where inconsistency is very apparent." White's anxiety disorder is aggravated by flying.
In a statement released Wednesday, White said that he wants to work out a long-term plan with the Rockets that will address his mental health issues and "support a healthy work environment." Rockets GM Daryl Morey has already expressed the team's long-term support for White as he adjusts to life in the NBA.