Title: ROYCE WHITE HAS REVIVED HIS BASKETBALL CAREER—IN CANADA
Date: January 23, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice Canada, I caught up with former first-round pick Royce White, who is re-starting his basketball career in London, Ontario.
As the elevator doors opened into the lobby of the Delta London Armouries, Royce White’s hand was already extending in a friendly greeting. Dressed for practice at the adjacent YMCA rather than the typical New Year’s Eve attire, White’s laugh draws attention as his performance in the previous night’s game is mentioned.
“Everything needs a narrative arc. So the narrative on me is that I must be rusty,” White says. “But you look at 14 (points), nine (rebounds), and six (assists), is that rust? And if that’s rust, then what am I like without it? Am I bronze with rust, or am I a diamond with scuffs? We should discuss that.”
White’s confidence is sky high following his second game with the London Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada, because White’s confidence is always sky high. Through his long journey in and out of professional basketball, the two constants have been his advocacy for better mental health policies in the NBA and his belief that he could—and should—be playing there under one.