Royce White 'in a different place' with Kings

Royce White 'in a different place' with Kings
March 22, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Royce White was the last remaining 2012 first-round pick to see playing time in an NBA game. (AP)


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Royce White made his NBA debut for the Kings on Friday night, and for the first time on the professional level, it was something that didn’t involve one bit of controversy or strife.

White has a well-documented anxiety disorder that made (and may still make) life as a professional basketball player a challenge, but that alone wasn’t the reason he found himself out of the league before Sacramento signed him to consecutive 10-day contracts. He was combative throughout the process in Houston, and did more harm than good while speaking publicly about his situation on a consistent basis.

White played just 56 seconds on Friday, and didn’t contribute to the box score. But it was a start, and he said afterward he’s "in a different place" now, which hopefully will allow him to find a fit in his new situation.