If you believe what he and his coach are saying, Royce
White will make his debut with the 76ers Friday night in their exhibition
The forward, who said the decision to not travel with the
Sixers for their two preseason games in Europe was an organizational move,
called the time away from the team “bittersweet.” But both White and Sixers
coach Brett Brown said the second-year man is expected to play against the
Celtics at University of Delaware’s Carpenter Center.
“I look forward to playing Royce tomorrow,” Brown said
after Thursday’s practice.
“I want to be able to show I can play and get with my
teammates in a setting where we can play with each other and not against each
other,” White said. “I haven’t been on Evan (Turner)’s or Thaddeus (Young's) or Spence (Hawes’) team
since in the summer when we were playing open gym.”
White said he worked out with (yet to be announced
officially) Sixers assistant Curtis Sumpter while the team was overseas.
“I was bummed at points while they were gone and, at
other points, I was glad I didn’t have to make that flight,” said White, who
suffers from an anxiety disorder.
As of now, White said he and the Sixers do not have a
plan for how they’ll handle his travel this season.
“We haven’t looked too far ahead. We’re going time by
time, and that’s the best way with any anxiety disorder or OCD or PTSD or
whatever you want to call it,” White said. “It’s not a plan-ahead kind of
thing; it’s a right-here-on-the-spot kind of thing. One day you could feel one
way, and the next you could feel a different way. We’re taking it game by game.”
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