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The 6-9 White, the 16th overall pick, caused a stir when he missed the first week of training camp to broker a deal with the team on how to handle his anxiety disorder and fear of flying. Coach Kevin McHale acknowledged concern about how White would balance his condition with the demanding NBA travel schedule, but White was confident that he would work through it.

“We’re here to help him and support him as much as we can,” McHale said, “but he eventually has to be responsible to your team and your teammates. That’s the biggest thing.”

The Rockets will also welcome Donatas Motiejunas, who was drafted in 2011 and played in Poland last year. The 7-foot Motiejunas averaged 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in Houston’s summer-league games.

With so much youth, even McHale acknowledges that the Rockets may take some lumps in the rugged West. As training camp began, though, Lin was maintaining optimism.

“We may be young, we may have less experience,” Lin said, “but with that comes our positives, our strengths _ quickness, speed, athleticism. We’re going to try to rely on our strengths and ride that through.”