London Lightning: NBA’s Royce White attended practice Wednesday

Royce White attended the London Lightning practice Wednesday.

The National Basketball League of Canada team is not saying much about it except to say discussions with White are exploratory.

If something does come of this relationship, it will be one of the most intriguing and noteworthy moves not only in the Lightning’s history but the league’s history as well.

White was the first round selection of the Houston Rockets, 16th overall in the 2012 National Basketball Association draft.

He was considered a can’t miss NBA prospect. At 6’8” he could do it all.

But he never played a game with the Rockets. White suffers from a mixture of generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Any number of things can set off the issue, including travel. There’s a misconception that White refuses to fly. He will, in fact, fly, even though he has difficulty with it.

The Rockets traded White to Philadelphia in July 2013, but the 76ers waived him shortly before their season opener. He finally made his NBA debut with Sacramento in March 2014 but played in only three games before being released.

Professional sports and the management of those teams aren’t particularly suited to dealing with issues that stem from mental health. White and the Rockets had a number of disagreements about how the team should handle his illness and after playing with the team’s D-League team, White left the sport.

He hasn’t played in two years but he still has enormous talent.

He is currently an advocate for those who suffer with mental health issues.

This isn’t the first time White has been to London to visit the Lightning. He was here a month ago discussing a potential return to the game.

Lightning owner Vito Frijia won’t say much except that the two parties are talking.

“His goal and our goal right now would be to get him back to the NBA but there are still a lot of things to discuss,” Frijia said.

The Lightning won’t make any further comment on where the situation stands.

Things are a long way from there including the time it would take for White to get into playing shape and the arrangements for White to continue to do his life’s work which is advocating for those with mental health issues.