UcanUwill wrote: contestedlayups wrote:
Royce White was another one. How did Houston not know about his phobia?
Interestingly enough, White's situation made the NBA more conscious towards mental health issues, which prompted the Demar Derozan and Kevin Love initiative to bring awareness to mental health. I think the Rockets knew, but no one really took mental health stuff seriously at the time, and White's refusal to play really helped to bring light to the situation.
I still dont get what was Royce problem. It said he has sociophobia, but I have that and know what it means and I dont think he has that at all. Him saying he was anxious to go to crowded room was the only symptom I recognized, otherwise how the hell sociophobic person did things he did, i for example can even go on live chats or play online games.
He had Generalized Anxiety Disorder which is not the same as sociophobia. I have the same and I can imagine the pressure of being an NBA player was just too much for him especially as a rookie: New environment, a lot of unkown or uncontrollable stuff, having 1 max 2 years to show if he's capable of being part of the rotation, media exposure, travelling on a weekly basis etc...
A professional career is not a cakewalk and I think he was simply not ready for it. Not sure if he tried to get appropriate treatment, but I believe no one would have too much time for that when he wants to compete w/ top level athletes from all around the world - not to talk about the fact that those treatments are mostly developed for people w/ a regular life and regular pressure.