Don’t believe the hype.
Those who follow the NBA closely knew about Royce White, usually second hand or from the papers. He has been labeled as “ troubled and talented” and that may stem from a diagnosed anxiety disorder. But new teammate Spencer Hawes says he wanted to know White better so he invited him to dinner.
The 22 year old was the No. 16 draft pick in 2012 from Iowa State, going to the Houston Rockets. However, because of disputes with the team about his illness, White did not play in a single NBA game, although he did see action in 16 NBDL games.
But the 76ers took a chance and signed White in the off-season. Brett Brown seem to like his talent, but the 6-foot-8 forward needed to develop his potential more as the team continues to rebuild.
“We need to see signs that as we continue to work with him and be patient with him, which we all are, that it is a two way street,” Brown emphasized. “That is the bottom line.”
White will be on board when the 76ers face the Celtics with guaranteed playing time. “I want to be able to show that I can play, be able to get with my teammates for the first time where we can play together and not against each other,” White said. “I haven’t been on Evan (Turner), Thaddeus (Young) or Spencer’s (Hawes) team since back in the summer when we were playing open gym, so it will be good to set a screen for somebody instead of on him.”
The 76ers play the Celtics tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center — the new home to the 87ers.
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