Friday, October 18, 2013
Royce White making strides?
By Joe Kaiser
If we're going to point out all the times Royce White avoids flying to a game, it's also worth mentioning of the times when he shows progress with his anxiety disorder. Wednesday marked one of those instances.
White boarded the plane for Philadelphia's trip to Charlotte to play the Bobcats, and though he didn't play well in Thursday's game, it can only be viewed as a positive. Hearing him talk about it takes you inside his world.
"You have to know about anxiety and phobias to understand," White tells the Philadelphia Daily News. "My first thought in the morning is not to forget anything, which is normal. But then as it gets closer, I start hoping that it will go well and the nervousness sets in. The whole time I'm on the flight, I'm nervous, I'm really hyper, attentive, on stand-by. It's never easy. It takes real strategy to try and overcome phobias. For most people it takes a really long time. Sometimes people die before getting over their phobias. If a person had a phobia of spiders, that's no big deal.
"But have them face a spider 100 times a year, then it's a real big deal."
As for the game, White started and played 26 minutes alongside Lavoy Allen and Hollis Thompson in the frontcourt -- the type of playing time he could have all season if he's able to make it work.