Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White, who suffers from a fear of flying, now has a plan in place that will allow him to travel to games without flying when it is possible according to his agent Andrew Vye.
"We've all come to an agreement that he is going to be able to drive to the games that he does not feel he can fly to," Vye said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "We are going to work as best we can through the schedule.
"Royce knows at certain times he is going to have to fly, but when he can drive he is going to have the option to do that. Everybody is on board with that including the league, the union. the Rockets, and Royce and us."
White is thrilled all sides have come together on his travel issues.
"I feel great," White said. "It's a great feeling for me to know that the Rockets supported me throughout the whole thing.
"We had some hurdles, but at the end of the day (Rockets general manager Daryl) Morey, (Rockets vice president of player personnel) Gersson (Rosas), (owner) Mr. (Leslie) Alexander, they are all supporting my mental illness and supporting me getting better and getting through this with their help."
White, who suffers from general anxiety disorder, missed the first week of training camp while he, and his agents and the Rockets began putting the foundation of his travel plans together.
White said the Rockets agreed to pick up the costs for his alternative travel.
"Since it's a medical thing and it also is a team thing for travel, the Rockets were just stellar in saying 'you know what, we'll pick it up. We want to support him in anyway we can. None of our other players pay to travel, so we want to help you be able to get to games as well.'
"It's incredible," White said. "The words can't explain how much gratitude I have toward the organization for that."