MCALLEN – The Houston Rockets opened up their training camp on Tuesday down in the Rio Grande Valley, but there is one player that already has some catching up to do.
Rookie guard/forward Royce White missed the first practice due to what the team is calling a "personal matter" and the team is not sure when he’ll report to camp.
"He needs to be here," said head coach Kevin McHale. "There’s no question."
White, who has dealt with anxiety issues dating back to his days at Iowa State, was not at Media Day on Monday either, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey stands by his talented rookie.
"We are committed to Royce’s long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward," said Morey in a statement released by the team on Tuesday night.
Two other players were absent during the team’s first practices. Free agent guard Carlos Delfino has been dealing with travel visa issues and Jon Brockman, who has an eye injury.
McHale was pleased with what he saw from the group that did participate.
"The guys that are here, they worked hard," said McHale. "The young guys came out and they had an idea of what we want to do from how we ran our September stuff."
"Guys really worked hard and I think it’s good for us to run up and down and get to the best shape of our life," said second year player Chandler Parsons. "We’re young, we have fresh legs and we’re going to have to outwork and out run people every night."
The Rockets will continue practice throughout the week down in McAllen.