Celtics' Babb has close bond with Sixers' White

Celtics' Babb has close bond with Sixers' White
October 11, 2013, 7:45 pm
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NEWARK, Del. — Boston Celtics guard Chris Babb wants to play well enough to help the Celtics notch their first preseason win of the season.

But there will be a part of him pulling for the Philadelphia 76ers, the part of him that will forever be connected with Sixers big man Royce White.

The two were roommates at Iowa State, and developed a bond that has been teflon-strong ever since.

Part of that bond stems from Babb's unwavering support of White who has been coping with an anxiety disorder and an aversion to flying for years.

The two became roommates on the road.

And on those difficult plane rides, it was Babb who sat next to White, providing him with some much-needed support.

"I couldn't even tell you what it was like to have him there," White told CSNNE.com. "He was just real supportive. He's one of my best friends."

Royce White has a son, Royce White Jr., and Babb is the Godfather. White said he's getting married this summer and Babb will be in the wedding.

"Our relationship is real tight," White said. "We just click."

The same can not be said for White and the NBA.

A projected top-5 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, White slid all the way to Houston at No. 16 in large part because of concerns about his anxiety disorder and fear of flying.

His time in Houston was short-lived, having never played a game for the Rockets while appearing in 16 games for their D-League affiliate, the Rio Grand Valley Vipers.

The two sides never seemed to agree to the best treatment for his condition, eventually leading to the Rockets trading him to Philadelphia.

While White's trade to Philadelphia may be seen as a fresh start for the 6-foot-8 power forward, he doesn't necessarily see it that way.

"Because everything you did, comes with you," chuckled White. "Nowadays for sure."

As for Babb, who delivered 12 points in less than eight minutes against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, he is eager for the chance to get back on the floor and build off his play from Wednesday.

But if there is a lesson he has learned from his time being with White, is patience which he said was among the many things that helped them forge such a strong relationship.

"And he's not afraid to be himself and stand up for what he believes in," Babb  told CSNNE.com. "I support what he's doing; I'll always support him and what he's trying to do which is raise awareness for people who struggle with some of things he has struggled with."

Babb added, "I want to see him succeed."