Patience Pays Off Big For RGV Viper Guard Tyrone White
Sometimes in the NBA D-League talented and eager prospects simply have to wait their turn. While that’s easier said than done, patience will typically pay off for those who can endure it.
Never more was the case than in Boise, Idaho on Friday night, when Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Tyrone White exploded for 38 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds to help his team cruise to victory.
DLeagueDigest.com last caught up with White at the NBA D-League Showcase, and it was then that White had to wait his turn as the Vipers’ roster was flooded with players at his position. No player in the NBADL wants to move down the bench and lose valuable playing time, but in a league so heavily impacted by constant change, staying prepared and waiting out certain situations can benefit players who are willing to put in the time.
White, an International Basketball Leagues (IBL) alum, and Portland, Oregon native, spoke with DLD after his huge game. “Patience was key, and even though I haven’t been playing, I’ve been able to go up against NBA guards in practice and they’ve been pushing me to get better. Toure Murry, Nick Johnson, and Isaiah Canaan (when he was here) were all great competition for me, and we compete in practice,” White said.
White has scored 20 or more points now three times this season, and Friday night’s performance was easily his best as a professional in the NBA D-League. White dropped 30 points in the first half alone. “I just cleared my head and it felt good to play in front of family, my Mom and Dad were here so it’s always good to point to them in the stands, the feeling was right,” White added.
White, a Jefferson High School (Portland, Oregon) alum shared his big game on the same night another notable Jefferson high alum went off. Terrence Jones has enjoyed a nice comeback as of late for RGV’s parent club the Houston Rockets (Jones went for 26 points, 12 rebounds vs. Brooklyn on Friday night), and according to White, the Jefferson alumni make sure they stay in touch as their professional careers unfold, including another alumni in Toronto as well.
When asked if he had heard of Jones’ big game on Friday White commented, “I mean T-Ross is out there doing his thing too, we have a nice pipeline going, we hope to continue to do that.”
Jones has recently announced his involvement in the upcoming and new Portland Pro-Am, where the Houston Rockets versatile player will host the event alongside some of his fellow Portland, Oregon natives, White being one of them.
In regard to playing in the upcoming Summer event, White added, “Definitely, that’s already a done deal, I’m very excited for it.”
With a roster that stands in White’s favor, more big games can be expected from the 6’7” point guard. White has taken his game to another level as a member of the Vipers, and based off his recent production, White’s ceiling seems to be at an all-time high.