Once upon a time, Royce White was the darling of forward-thinking NBA fans everywhere. The Rockets’ 16th pick in the 2012 draft was a wildly talented and unique prospect, a forward with a point guard’s vision. But his well-documented anxiety disorder scared off a lot of teams, causing him to fall out of the lottery. And over the course of a contentious season in Houston, White never suited up. He disagreed with team officials and doctors about how best to manage his condition and refused to be assigned to the D-League. Eventually, the Rockets decided White wasn’t worth the trouble and traded him to the Sixers, who waived him. He played a few games of garbage time on 10-day contracts with the Kings, but other than that hasn’t been heard from.
According to a report from RealGM’s Shams Charania, White may be gearing up for another crack at an NBA career:
Bulls, Pelicans emerging as suitors for Royce White’s NBA comeback in July, sources tell RealGM. Former 16th pick is deciding among several.
To refresh your memory on just how talented White is, here’s a collection of Summer League highlights from before his rookie season:
It will be interesting to see what kind of market there is for White. The Bulls’ interest makes sense, particularly if they hire Fred Hoiberg as head coach, as is widely rumored. White played for Hoiberg at Iowa State. Given how he’s washed out of the league and has developed a reputation as a problem, teams might still be cautious. But talent always wins out — just look at Hassan Whiteside, who had flamed out of the league several years before landing with the Miami Heat this season and becoming an overnight sensation. Hopefully, White’s comeback turns out the same way.
Chandler Parsons hires law firm, which calls car-crash injuries potentially career-ending
Chandler Parsons hires Morgan & Morgan after being struck by individual who’s charged with DUI, according to attorney. Parsons suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and torn labrum.” His return to play is unclear. pic.twitter.com/GxvuNByzh5
It’s easy to see where this is headed. Parsons is positioning himself for a lawsuit, laying the seeds for both lost earnings and emotional distress. We might see Parsons’ future NBA salaries be litigated.
Parsons signed a four-year max contract in 2016. He hasn’t had a reasonably productive seasons since, struggling with knee issues. Parsons recently touted how healthy he felt, but that had to be viewed in context of a 31-year-old with an extensive injury history.
Parsons had played sparingly the last four seasons, including just five games this season. Did he land outside the Hawks rotation because they’re focused on youth or because he’s just no longer good enough?
That could become a question for a court room.
Parsons will be a free agent this summer. I projected him for a minimum-salary contract somewhere. He was clearly hungry for an opportunity without the max-contract burden weighing on him.
It’d be a shame if Parsons lost that because of a drunk driver.
Kyrie Irving on getting criticized: ‘They crucified Martin Luther King’
When I was out for those seven weeks and not saying anything and still people are still saying things about me. It’s inevitable. They crucified Martin Luther King for speaking about peace and social integration. You can go back to historical leaders and great people in society that do great things, and they’re still going to talk s—about them. It is what it is.
I don’t think Irving is putting himself on King’s level but rather pointing out that even great people get attacked. This could be a way for Irving to contextualize that he shouldn’t fret about the lesser criticism he faces.
I’d give Irving that benefit of the doubt, especially considering his comments on Brooklyn hosting the 76ers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today.
It’s more than an honor. I have done so much historic research on just my community as well as they voice that I have and where I am in the position I’m in as well on the platform. I just wish there were not just holidays to commemorate some of the historical black leaders that have really put their lives on the line and lost it in the line of Civil Rights or making a social impact. Those things hit you real deep when you know the history of where the society has gone. I’m really grateful to play on Martin Luther King Day, but his legacy exists more than just a game being played on that day or Nike shoes being put out or something else. It’s so much more for our society to realize what he was really involved in and what he did in terms of communities across the world on
Again, I don’t think Irving was equating himself with King.
That’s pretty much what the Mavs and KP were saying last week, then knee soreness flared up again and he sat out a few more games. This time he seems ready to go, although expect him to have some reduced minutes the first couple of games back.
Porzingis is averaging 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds a game, shooting 34.3 percent from three and providing a dangerous pick-and-pop partner for Doncic. Porzingis, who missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL, has improved as the season has gone on and he’s gotten his legs under him.
Dallas went 6-4 without Porzingis and their league-best offense didn’t miss a beat thanks to Luka Doncic. Defensively, however, the Mavericks missed his size in the paint, giving up 6.9 points more per 100 possessions in those 10 games than they averaged when he is on the court this season.
Dallas is 27-15 on the season and currently sit fifth in the West.