Royce White gets released, retweets haters
Royce White's NBA career could be over before it began.
A first-round selection just last year, White -- a former Minnesota Mr. Basketball and two-time state high school champion, once with DeLeSalle and once with Hopkins -- was released yesterday by the Philadelphia Sixers, a team widely expected to be one of the worst in the league this season.
Given his checkered past and an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for him to fly, at this point it's fair to wonder whether White will ever see action in a regular season game (he didn't play in any last season).
White is known for having a colorful Twitter account, and as news of his release circulated last night and today, he's tried to stay positive and take the high road (as Denny Green would say).
Philly fans... you've been amazing! so much positivity. It was an honor to put on the red white & blue in front of you. Even just preseason!-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
Adversity... Adaptation.... Adversity... Adaptation. I've been here before, may be here again, but it's never over until it's over. #Life-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
I really appreciate all the support & love. It gives me GREAT faith in humanity. I'm a servant of humanity... nothing can stop that! #BeWell-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
This support is unreal, since news broke last night you guys have been so supportive. If you know it or not, you're all #Anxietytroopers...-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
He also hinted he won't be crushed if he has to throw in the towel on a professional basketball career:
How exciting... Harvard Gala tonight! #Honored-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
Wild people think my life is ruined if basketball isn't in it.... that's flat out illogical. #BeWell-- Royce White (@Highway_30) October 25, 2013
But White's positivity has been interspliced with retweets of people who are savaging and mocking him:
White, however, does seem to hold out hope that his hometown Timberwolves might be interested in giving him another shot (he retweeted the tweet below):
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