Royce White said part of the difficulty with coming to an understanding with the Houston Rockets is that Kevin McHale is not the authority on player-related decision making.

“Coach McHale doesn’t run this team,” White said in a conversation with Houston radio station KBXX. “Despite what people think, he has very little control over this team. From a basketball point, he runs it, but from a business level and from an operational level, he has very little say. He’s almost a co-worker of mine rather than an adviser or a managerial type of position. That’s one of the big issues here.”

Told of White’s assessment of their respective places on the Rockets’ organizational chart, McHale left his response at “All right.”

White plans to report to the Rockets’ D-League affiliate on Feb. 11.