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Oct 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Royce White (30) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center. The Nets defeated the Sixers 127-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Flight of Royce White

Oct 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Royce White (30) during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center. The Nets defeated the Sixers 127-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Only for our Philadelphia Sixers would this be a story.

Yes, Royce White flew on a plane to Charlotte with the rest of the team. Yes, this is kind of a big deal. Say whatever you want about Royce White, but I have to give him all props for flying on a plane. He went a whole season with the Rockets without flying on a plane and missed the entire season. Here we are, still about two weeks from the beginning of the regular season and Royce White has flown on a plane.

His issues are well documented and criticized, but the man is trying. It’s apparent that the Sixers are working hard with White to accommodate for his unique mental health issue. The main story of this season might be how the Sixers are going “Winless for Wiggins” but the more heartfelt campaign should be about “The Flight of White”.

Obviously, this was hard for White. His tweets are showing us that, but he’s trying. Royce White must have found something he likes in Philadelphia to fly a plane to a preseason game. I’m sure it was a great bonding experience with the entire team to help White get through the flight also.  This might just be a fluke, it might be nothing at all, but Royce White is trying and he should be applauded for it. With a tough season ahead, the Sixers might have a heartfelt story building with the progression of Royce White and his mental health issue as he attempts to push forward.

The Sixers play the Bobcats in more preseason action tomorrow morning at 11 AM. It will be interesting to see if any of this affects Royce White’s play in a positive or negative way.

Cheers to Royce White and the Sixers organization for trying to make this thing work. Hopefully this breaks the barrier for mental health issues in the NBA. Go Sixers!

How many flights will Royce White take part in this year?

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