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Royce White says ‘Hell no’ to making 100 NBA flights

Royce White, waiting for the Houston Rockets to officially trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers, said “Hell no” to the idea of making 100 plane flights during the season.

White, a first-round selection in 2012, only played in 15 games last season for the NBA Developmental League Rio Grande Vipers and isn’t sure how the 76ers will deal with his publicized anxiety disorder.

“One hundred flights would be like if you’re allergic to peanut butter – it’d be like spreading your whole body with it,” said White to Randy Peterson of

But the former Iowa State basketball star wants to play in the NBA.

“Anything can happen between now and (the season),” White said. “It’s every intention of mine to play.

“If the trade goes through, I’m excited.  I don’t know what Philly’s intentions are. I’m just going to go there, work hard and try to earn my place. ”

White never played for the Rockets because neither side could agree on how the team and the NBA would deal with his well-known fear of flying.

“One (former) player disclosed to me that a year after he was out of the league, that he had to check himself into a mental ward because he was having such bad insomnia from the sleeping pills he needed to take to fly,” White said.

For now, White will have to just continue working on his jump shot until he talks to the 76ers.