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Rockets' White passes physical, set to report to Vipers

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Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White, who has yet to play for the team this season, told FOX 26 Sports he passed his physical after meeting Friday with team physician Dr. Jim Muntz.

White said he will travel to McAllen on Sunday and report on Monday to the Rockets NBA Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

"I always like to get in there with Dr. Muntz and get a physical done and just see how I'm doing as far as my heart and things like," White said. "It takes me back to that reassurance I got after I first started having panic attacks, that I'm healthy and okay.

"They said I'm good. I'm usually one of the healthiest guys every time I go in to get a physical, blood pressure is all good and things like that. So I'm happy with that."

White was reinstated to the organization on Jan. 26, three weeks after he had been suspended by the team for refusing "to provide services required by his Uniform Player Contract."

It's been a journey for White and the Rockets as they worked through the issues that he has with his generalized anxiety disorder, coupled with his fear of flying.

White and the Rockets, along with the NBA and the NBA Players Association, have worked out an agreement that he and the team hope with help him continue his career in the NBA.

"It means a lot," White said. "It's a very big thing to have happened, not just only for myself, but for a lot of people. it's incredible that I was able to make it back. I'm very thankful to the Rockets and the league and the players union, that they kept a very open mind to such a new topic when they really didn't have to.

"I could have ended up being one of those stories that I was just too early in terms of making it to an organization that hadn't caught up with a topic yet, but that didn't happen and we're working through it together now and hopefully we'll all grow together and I'll be able to pursue the career that I chose."

White said as part of the agreement he has with the Rockets he will continue to work with Dr. Muntz and psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Fink.

"I'm very comfortable with Dr. Muntz as of right now and I'm also comfortable with Dr. Fink, who the Rockets recommended, and I always keep my family doctor, whose had the longest stint of treatment history with me," White said.

"We all just decided that we're going to use all of the information available to make the best choice going forward and that makes me comfortable."

Next up for White is getting up to speed on the basketball court and playing for the Vipers.

"I never worry about playing," White said. "I play a very particular style of basketball and just being very unselfish and trying to get my teammates shots and that's something that never really goes away.

"It's a feel thing. It's a natural thing. I'm not too concerned about it."

As far as traveling with the Vipers, White said it will be no different than if he was in the NBA.

"Just the same way I would've in the league this year," White said. "Travel by bus when it's possible and when I have to fly, I'll fly. We'll see how it goes."

White looks forward to rejoining the Rockets.

"There's no timeline," White said. "Just from what I hear they've said that they want to make it really short, but who knows. It just depends on how I play I guess and where my conditioning is at. I've been out for two and a half months. It's going to be a process.

"I'm excited if I ever get a chance to actually get back to the team and watch them play, even if it's just on the sidelines, being inactive or whatever it is. I'm excited just to be able to get back there in person and see those guys play. They're playing real well."

Being able to complete an agreement with the Rockets that will enable White to continue his basketball career in the Houston organization means everything to him.

"It's monumental when you look at it, and for me I know everything that I've actually been through, a lot of things that people don't know about, and I always find a way to come through and I always find a way to get through the adversity and get to a point where I can keep trying to move forward and progress and this is one of those moments and I won't let anything keep me down or hold me back.

"I'm going to continue to try and progress and make a positive impact on the world and in my life."

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