Royce White still hasn’t gotten full credit for pushing the NBA to recognize the importance of its players’ mental health and wellness.
John Lucas said that year in a five-part ESPN series that over 40% of NBA players have mental health issues, and this was not disputed by the league.
Later, the NBA started a mental health program, named its director, and included in the new CBA mental wellness procedures to help players deal with mental health issues.
But years earlier White, who was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as a teenager, wanted Houston, who drafted him 16th overall in 2012, to put in his contract accommodations for his condition, including taking buses to road games rather than flying.
Treating mental disorders still isn’t like treating a knee injury or something that can easily be seen, but White was on the mental health soapbox long before it became fashionable to speak openly about it.