Cavaliers' Love opens up about mental health

Georgia Reed
March 8, 2018

Love, 29, said he suffered his first panic attack after halftime during a November 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Love, whose panic attacks caused him to leave a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 5th and likely led to his early departure against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 20th.

A former high school phenom and star at USC, DeRozan is admittedly quiet, but he wanted to open up about his issues with depression because he hopes to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Suddenly, all the things that drew me to the school triggered a feeling I'd never experienced. It's just, we're human beings, so I appreciate him coming out. "Since that day, nearly everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed".

Bleacher Report is reporting on an essay that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love posted on The Player's Tribune. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward shared his experience on The Player's Tribune and talked about the importance of discussing mental health. Sure, he said. My professor would later check on me, but to everyone that had witnessed the event ... this was the end of it.

DeRozan said the response to his remarks has been "positive", and reacted to Love's essay in an interview with ESPN, saying, "It made me feel, you know, pretty damn good, honestly". Stress about on and off-court things seemed to exacerbate things but Love felt the usual symptoms one would have when suffering a panic attack.

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Shout out to Kevin Love for that. 'Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. I was comfortable talking about basketball - but that came natural. " ... So if you're reading this and you're having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you're not weird or different for sharing what you're going through".

On the other hand, not everyone is completely understanding of mental-health issues - especially in professional sports, which Love examines in his article. "I'd never had one before", Love wrote. I didn't want to have to deal with everything sometime in the future, when it might be worse.

"Then came the panic attack", the 29-year-old five-time All-Star wrote.

"I had buried those emotions since her passing and said to myself, I have to focus on basketball".

Kevin Love felt a pain in his stomach and shortness of breath before he realized he was having a panic attack. It's here as I type, wondering who might read this and immediately think less of me. But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public.

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