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[We got mentioned] Morey: White is the 'worst first-round pick ever'

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by roxxfan, Jan 28, 2014.

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  1. roxxfan

    roxxfan Contributing Member

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    Didn't mean to start another White thread.....just thought it was cool we got mentioned. If this article was already posted I'll stop posting for a week......

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-b...r-daryl-morey-calls-royce-160438391--nba.html

    Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey calls Royce White ‘the worst first-round pick ever’

    By Kelly Dwyer
    11 hours ago
    Ball Don't Lie


    A year and a half after being drafted into the NBA by the Houston Rockets, former first round selection Royce White is on the outside looking in. The former Iowa State standout says he still wants to play in the NBA, but his anxiety disorder has prevented him from taking the court with either the Houston Rockets (and, after a trade, the Philadelphia 76ers) in a regular season setting. The teams have remained silent, while White has blamed his anxiety issues for the failure to cling to a team.

    White hasn’t been specific in discussing the barriers (travel? Inability to work in a major pro setting? Communication anxiety with teammates and coaches?), while neither Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, or 76ers GM Sam Hinkie (who was with the Rockets when they drafted White in 2012) haven’t commented much about their various stalemates.

    This doesn’t exactly count as a breakthrough, but Morey recently did discuss Houston’s gamble of a first round pick in an interview (via Pro Basketball Talk) with Ben DuBose at ClutchFans.


    “I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He’s the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn’t just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows we swing for the fence,” Morey quipped.
    You may not like the way Royce White handled his communication with both the Houston and Philadelphia front office. If his anxiety got in the way of performing basic basketball duties with a traveling team, then White never should have made himself eligible for the 2012 NBA draft. You may not like the allegations of domestic abuse hurled at him by a former girlfriend, and in something that is in no way comparable, you may not like the way he attempts to explain himself via Twitter. There is a lot to be not on Royce White’s side here, and above all Daryl Morey was making a self-deprecating joke.

    Even as Morey attempts to disarm critics and give himself a little dig, though, he’s still talking about White as if he were an asset, and not a person. Even if the attempt was to convey a little “hey, I screwed up, Rockets fans,” it still comes off as insensitive. Calling a person with a legitimate illness “the worst first round pick ever” is a major shot, and it’s especially galling when you factor in the knowledge that Royce White didn’t drink, snort, smoke, eat, or chuck his way out of an NBA career. You may not like some of the choices White has made in response to his anxiety disorder, but overall this affliction is not Royce White’s choice.

    Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a good dude, and a great GM. He took a calculated risk on a talented player with lottery-level upside that would be working with a relatively cheap rookie contract for several years, and it didn’t pan out. Yes, Royce White was a first round pick from an American college that hasn’t played a regular season NBA minute yet, something struggling even top overall pick Anthony Bennett has in his favor.

    Let’s not turn him into a punch line, though. A lot of this isn’t Royce White’s fault.
     
  2. Bobbythegreat

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    Heh, Royce White IS a punchline, and it's 100% his fault.
     
  3. durvasa

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    OP, you need to post the link when you start threads on online article.
     
  4. mfastx

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    Silly article. But thanks for posting anyway.
     
  5. roxxfan

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    Fixed
     
  6. durvasa

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    Thanks.
     
  7. dookiester

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    A lot of this isn't Royce White's fault. Except for all of it, which was obviously his fault. Not Dwyer's best piece.
     
  8. donkeypunch

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    lets give it a try.
    how do you know a 3 legged dog is homosexual?
    punchline: royce white
    it works, it really really does
     
  9. SirCharlesFan

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    I thought KD was legitimate. He's just trolling for hits with this post.
     
  10. LosPollosHermanos

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    He's a crap stain washed off long ago...he doesn't even deserve to be brought up, tbh.
     
  11. Dave_78

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    I never comment on online articles but I couldn't help myself this time. Dwyer is trolling and he will be here soon to troll this thread.
     
  12. roxxfan

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    Down with Dwyer?
     
  13. Midixinormous

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    Yup leave it to Yahoo to put out crap like this.
     
  14. srrm

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    It was a Q&A session with season ticket holders and TheCat was kind enough to pass on the information to more Rockets fans...
     
  15. shastarocket

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    ^ Difference is, Kelly Dwyer actually posts here...
     
  16. roxxfan

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    Did not know....:eek:
     
  17. bmd

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    I wonder what Royce's deal was. Has he ever talked about it? Because he said the whole "flying" thing was way overblown, and he had his own bus.

    So what was the problem?
     
  18. Midixinormous

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    He wanted playing time, when McHale didn't give it to him because he didn't earn it he stopped showing up to practices and started #bewell
     
  19. LosPollosHermanos

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    Yup.

    Utterly laughable and piss poor writing. KD knows what kind of concessions we made for him (bangbus which 4 or some kids were conceived in..)

    Dude also needs to stop being so arrogant, he really thinks he's in the same league as Woj with the way he conducts himself on here. Would totally blow his mind that he is a below average sports columnist.
     
  20. peleincubus

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    That is a pretty big stretch to call someone out that blatantly from one quote.

    Yes is obviously a smart smart guy. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be so flippant about Royce White unless the guy at least somewhat deserved it.

    But I may be wrong. Who knows
     
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