Grantland launched a YouTube channel today, tipping off with a short documentary of the 24 hours in Royce White’s life when he got drafted in to the NBA. Simply put, it’s excellent and you should watch it immediately.
We’ve heard a lot about White’s battles with anxiety but watching him fight it on the biggest night of his life is incredible. At times, it seems like he’s elated, terrified and completely on edge, all at once. There’s footage of him getting on a flight to Houston, which is just about the most stressful thing you’ll ever watch on YouTube, but then there’s also scrimmage tape of White joking around with his college teammates while hooping on the day of the draft. It’s only eight minutes, but it really feels like you get a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be Royce White. He’s candid and eloquent about his fears and that just makes this whole thing even better.
Really, I think we’re all kind of rooting for Royce White. He’s fun to watch and he seems so, so human, even down to the fact that he’ll spend his Sunday night slamming some idiot blogger who doesn’t like Maroon 5 and just wants everyone to listen to the Beatles. If you can’t get behind that, sorry.