Kevin Love has opened up about his issue’s with anxiety, Love is currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He’s in a comfortable space right now, The all-star forward spoke about his pain and his recovery from panic attacks that prevented him from playing at a high level last season.
“Anxiety is something I have dealt with my entire life,”
“When I was younger, I didn’t quite understand it. I had my first real life-changing experience with a panic attack Nov. 5. I had been having problems away from the court.
“I [had been] six years in Minneapolis where we didn’t make the playoffs playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, to playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers where we were expected to win a championship. So expectations were absolutely through the roof.”
“Basketball was at such a low point, that everything manifested into having this panic attack,” said Love.
“I was essentially looking for something I couldn’t find. I couldn’t catch my breath.”
Love spoke with his coach about the issue’s he was experiencing, at the time his coach was Tyronn Lue.
“I was afraid people would think less of me,” he said. “Basketball was my only way out, it was a form of escapism for me. I was afraid people in my inner circle away from basketball were going to find out. I have to be able to provide for my family and I don’t know how long my career is going to last, so being vulnerable and taking that step and making that sacrifice to allow themselves to do that was too much for.”
Love is currently averaging 19.0 ppg, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Cleveland Cavaliers.