Royce White may not have played in a regular-season game for the Rockets, the team that made him the 16th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft, but he's made sure to leave his mark on Houston before heading to his next destination.
White, who was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, announced a partnership between his non-profit organization, Anxious Mind's Inc., and the Bee Busy Wellness Center in Houston to create the Royce White Institute of Mental Health.
“When I met Royce White a couple of years ago, I knew we would do something special like this,” Bee Busy CEO Normal Mitchell told the Houston Chronicle. “I think it will be a great thing for this community.”
White's own anxiety disorder was at the foundation of his disputes with the Rockets, and last season he did not appear in a game for them. He was assigned to the team's Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Last month White was shipped to Philadelphia for a second-round pick.
The 22-year-old White told the Houston Chronicle that he thinks every city should have a center where free mental healthcare is offered.