Peterson: Royce White Belongs in NBA’s Front Office as Mental Health Advocate

, Des Moines Register

Published 5:17 p.m. CT May 8, 2017 | Updated 5:41 p.m. CT May 8, 2017

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The Esquire piece examining how Royce White’s anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder have affected his professional life sparked a thought I’ve had since it was obvious the former Iowa State superstar wasn’t destined for a long, wonderful basketball career.

The NBA should make him its top mental health advocate.

The former first-round draft choice has lived with his struggles since he was a kid back home in Minneapolis. His condition, and the league’s inability to successfully and consistently deal with it, has cost him many, many millions in player salary, he asserts.

So put White in charge of being a liaison between the league and players suffering from all forms of that nasty illness White knows all too much about.

He’s intelligent — not only regarding a disorder that essentially has kept him out of the league after being the Houston Rockets’ 2012 first-round draft choice, but he’s also brilliant about most everything.

He’s got more than the been-there, done-that factor going, too. He still lives with his affliction, even while playing in the mostly unknown National Basketball League of Canada.

Yes, while playing.