Royce White's battle with his anxiety disorder was one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 Draft, but it has turned sour in recent weeks.
The talented young power forward, whom Houston took with the No. 16 overall pick, has gotten into a public spat with the Rockets about the way they've handled his condition as well as his role on the team.
However, despite the turmoil, Houston reportedly has no interest in releasing White after sending him down to their D-League affiliate earlier in the week.
White was one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft, a do-everything 6'8, 270-pounder who lead his Iowa State team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. But concerns about his difficulties with anxiety, which make flying difficult for him, sent him sliding out of the lottery.
In Houston, White has been stuck behind a roster log-jam at the 3/4 positions with five other recent draft picks -- Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, Chandler Parsons, Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones.
Nevertheless, he's far too talented a player for the Rockets to lose for nothing, so both the team's management and White's advisers will have to find a way to work with each other.