Kevin Love Pens Candid Piece On Panic Attacks, Mental Health

Phillip Cunningham
March 8, 2018

Bleacher Report is reporting on an essay that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love posted on The Player's Tribune. I'd never heard of any pro athlete talking about mental health, and I didn't want to be the only one. "I'm sure his reasoning was to try and help others who are going through something similar". Even if it's just somebody can look at it like, "He goes through it and he's still out there being successful and doing this", I'm OK with that'.

"To me, it was form of weakness that could derail my success in sports or make me seem weird or different".

Love was taken to the Cleveland Clinic but tests didn't reveal anything abnormal.

"Coach Lue came up to me". There is no "guys like me" or "guys like [X] don't struggle with these things". "Coaches, trainers and nutritionists have had a presence in my life for years", he said. "I ended up on the floor in the training room, lying on my back, trying to get enough air to breathe".

Love then elaborated on how the Cavaliers helped him find a therapist.

He said it was eye-opening just to talk about.

Now sidelined with a broken hand, the 29-year-old Love has averaged 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds this season while appearing in 48 games.

Put two and two together and the infamous team meeting that was caused by Love leaving the arena as the Cavs faced the Thunder and missing the following day's practice was surely one in which Love told his teammates about his internal struggles.

The Cavaliers forward disclosed he had a panic attack during a game this season and he has spent most of his life afraid to accept something was wrong with him.

The 29-year-old, who won the National Basketball Association title with the Cavs in 2016, said he had been inspired to talk about the panic attack after the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan discussed his struggles with depression last week. "When I got up to walk out of the huddle, I knew I couldn't reenter the game - like, literally couldn't do it physically". "The reality is that we probably have a lot in common with what our friends and colleagues and neighbors are dealing with".

Love's disclosure won approval from teammate LeBron James.

My unique, now mostly behind-the-scenes, role with RealGM never made me what you'd call a beat reporter, but over the last 12 seasons I've covered a few hundred games between the regular and postseason.

Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who recently opened up about his bipolar disorder, also praised Love's story. Love says he visited the hospital when he couldn't control his racing heart and felt short of breath, and although his vitals all checked out, the incident led Love to realize the seriousness of mental health issues.

"Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do".

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